One thing that atheists get attacked about is the fact that we focus so much of our energy on something we don’t believe in. Why do we spend so much time talking about a god we don’t believe in? Greta Christina, who recently moved to Freethought Blogs (you should check them out), has been posting some of her old archive posts and recently pulled one up that answers this question far better than I could.
Here are some quotes from the blog:
My belief system is not, in fact, based on “what isn’t.” And neither is that of any atheist I know. My conclusions about “what isn’t” are only part of my belief system, and not necessarily all that big a part. I have a positive worldview, a set of priorities and values that shape how I live.
The negative part of that process? It’s absolutely crucial. We can’t say, “Yes, the earth orbits the sun,” without saying, “No, the sun does not orbit the earth.” We can’t say, “Yes, the universe is expanding and will continue to expand,” without saying, “No, the universe is not in a steady state.”
And this one, especially, sums up my views:
It was being open to the universe that convinced me there was no God, and no supernatural world.
So go on over and read the full blog post!