In this thread, I wish to speak directly to my fellow atheists on this board to better equip them in the discussions that occur here. I want to impart with you the following ideas that you must keep in mind in every discussion you have with a theist. We are not responsible for defending our position. It is the theist who invents a mystical creature called god, endows it with absurd characteristics, establishes a culture and following around it, and decrees we adhere to the subjective teachings assigned to it. Our rejection of this is not a positive claim, it is a negative one. The burden of proof resides with the theist, and he alone. There are however, different degrees of atheism. Positive Atheism, and Negative Atheism. Positive atheists (atheists that not only reject theism, but accept god cannot exist), do make a claim, and must substantiate it accordingly. They may do so in a variety of ways, one of which is encapsulated by George H. Smith: Negative atheists, may sit back and relax. They may spend their time explaining to the theist why their claims of God's existence are insufficient. The theist may say, "God transcends human understanding; he is unknowable," to which I'm sure you can reduce to absurdity with relative ease. Never allow the theist to bog you down with scripture or any other evidence within the realm of theism. It rests on a faulty premise that you may not stand upon. I am open to other atheists' questions and enjoy assisting my fellow free thinkers in their quests on this board. Good posting.