We are all agnostics: no one knows whether God exists or not. I
don't think that even the Pope would claim that he knows that God
exists. An agnostic is someone who does not know. Some of
us, including myself, believe that God does not exist.
Not all beliefs are faith: my belief that it will rain tomorrow,
based on the weather forecast and on the clouds, would not
normally be seen as an instance of faith. What's more, "faith"
is used in certain contexts, generally religious contexts: my
belief that Obama is an intelligent person is not generally considered
as a faith in his intelligence. I can give reasons why I consider
him to be intelligent.
It may be that we should stop talking about faith, which is a
theological virtue and is not used much in philosophy, and begin to
talk in terms of belief and of knowledge. In that context, I
agree with Icthus 77 that atheism is a belief system. Actually,
there are very few things that we can know with certainty.
However, in the real world, most of us choose, insofar as we
choose, to live our lives as if God exists or as if God does not
exist. That is a real existential choice, and that choice is
based on belief, not on knowledge.
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