Atheists know there is a God

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Theists claim that the existence of God is so axiomatic that nobody can deny God. Atheists do not really exist, since they are simply suppressing their knowledge of God. Rather than actually providing proof or valid argument for their God claims, they resort to claiming that the evidence is all around us. Others may claim that we already know God because He created our souls and gave us life, or that God is a part of each of us. Christians, for instance, often cite Romans 1:20 Bible-icon.png "The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; that they are without excuse." Basically, the claim is that the evidence for God's existence is so clear that to deny it or fail to accept it is inexcusable. Based on this assumption, theists may try to paint atheists as hypocrites by claiming that all atheists merely pretend not to believe in God.

"I don't believe there is any atheists, ok."

— Si Robertson [1]
"Disbelief is always, at some level, a conscious and sinful act.[2]"
"Darwinian biologists must keep repeating that reminder to themselves because otherwise they might become conscious of the reality that is staring them in the face and trying to get their attention.[3]"


A study conducted at the University of Finland found that both theists and atheists found that reading statements that dared God to do terrible things equally stressful. This implies that atheists still retain some fear of God, and therefore some level of implicit belief. [4]

Counter apologetics[edit]

God does not obviously exist[edit]

It is not axiomatic, obvious, or self-evident that there is a God. Most or all atheists have no experience of "knowing God" or any feeling of suppressing such knowledge. Rather, it seems the theist who makes this argument is blinded by his or her own faith-based beliefs. He or she may be under the delusion that because such beliefs of self-evidence are so cherished by the individual, they must also be universally experienced in the minds of every human on Earth. Unfortunately for the theist and the atheist alike, there is no way to know what any given human actually thinks or believes, so this argument depends on a great deal of wishful thinking.

The claim that "atheists know there is a God" is probably both non-verifiable (at least given the current state of medical science) and non-falsifiable. Indeed, any attempt to verify if an atheist believes or not in gods (polygraph, FMRI, etc.) with a negative result could be construed as either a failure of the equipment to detect deceit, or as deception by Satan, or any other ad hoc/post hoc explanation. The efficacy of polygraph tests has been questioned, and evidence against their reliability as a tool for the detection of deceit has led to their inadmissibility in many courtrooms. This aside, the theist who is claiming the atheist knows there is a God likely has no reliable, accessible means by which to substantiate their claim.

If a God would be expected to provide evidence of their existence or reasons to believe in him, the lack of evidence is itself an argument against the existence of God.

Reversible argument[edit]

An atheist could simply turn this accusation around and claim, "Theists know there is no God. In fact, everyone is born with the knowledge that we are just a natural product of the universe!" A responsible atheist should make no such assertion, as both the "God exists" and "God does not exist" forms are equally indefensible. Of course, this assertion's main purpose is not "proving" the lack of existence of gods, even less giving factual data about what people really think, but simply serving as a reverse-argument that is, logically speaking, just as valid and sound as the apologist's argument. If it is easy to spot the ludicrousness in the claim "You know that universal invisible sky pixies exist, but you just pretend not to believe," it should be easy for a theist to recognize that arguing about the inner thoughts of an atheist likewise is obnoxious.

Scriptural arguments[edit]


As for appeals to Bible verses like Romans 1:20 Bible-icon.png (cited above), such appeals represent a fallacious argument called the argument from scripture. Besides, relying on religious scripture does not tell us which specific scripture to use; using Bible verses is just as valid to Christians as using verses from the Koran is to the Muslim. For instance, a Christian can deny Allah all he or she wishes, but according to the Koran, they are without excuse. The Primordial Covenant in Islam states that Allah created our souls and we all have testified that he is our God before we were even born (Surah 7:172-174 Bible-icon.png: "When thy Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam -from their loins- their descendants, and made them testify concerning themselves, (saying): "Am I not your Lord (Who cherishes and sustains you)?" They said: "Yea! We do testify!: (This), lest ye should say on the Day of Judgment: "Of this we were never mindful;" or lest ye should say: Our fathers before us took false gods.) It is common for religions to include a system that links all human beings as being created by a specific creator and claims humans are without excuse for disbelieving. There is no clear way do determine which gods are real and which are imaginary. Thus, the presentation of any single one of these systems is not particularly impressive to the atheist.

Atheists know there is evidence for God[edit]

Some apologists insist that Atheists should admit there are strong arguments and evidence for God:

"Every atheist knows that there is evidence for God. There are reasons to believe in the resurrection of Christ. There’s much strength in the traditional arguments for theism. [5]"

While evidence exists, it is weak and unreliable. There is also similarly uncertain evidence that God does not exist. Many people are therefore agnostic and suspend judgement until better evidence becomes available. Others consider the evidence too weak to support theism and become atheists.

Arguments for God's existence are psychologically appealing but often give rise to absurd and contradictory conclusions. Most rely heavily on the argument from ignorance or other logical flaws. Scriptures contain serious historical problems. Many arguments imply some original or first entity but give no indication as to its characteristics - for instance we cannot tell if it divine or not. It is therefore difficult to say they provide much certainty.

See also[edit]


  1. [1]
  2. [2]
  3. I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist
  4. Lindeman et al., Atheists Become Emotionally Aroused When Daring God to Do Terrible Things, International Journal for the Psychology of Religion 24(2):124-132 · January 2014
  5. [3]

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