Why do people spend a lot of time talking about something they don't believe to exist? This is curious to me, because I don't spend my time on sites arguing to people about things that don't exist. For example, I would never go to a site and argue that the Easter bunny is not real...because it obviously does not. But isn't that what atheists are doing? Doesn't their obsession with non-belief indicate that they secretly do believe? Otherwise, wouldn't their actions be inconceivable?
I've received this question more than once in email, signaling that the questioner hasn't spent much time thinking about the issue or trying to learn about atheism and atheists. In the first place, there is much more both in the forum and on the site generally than material on the existence of gods. It's an important topic, but it's hardly the only one.
Second, while gods may not exist, belief in gods and religions organized around such belief definitely do -- and those are the actual topics being discussed. Theism exists, is relevant, and plays a role in society. Religion exists, is relevant, and plays a role in society. Just because I don't believe in any gods and am not part of any religion doesn't mean that there is something contradictory about discussing religious theism -- analyzing what it is, critiquing whether it is rational, and discussing what it means.
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