An atheist, a self-proclaimed “exvangelical,” wrote a response to a Christin who asked why his atheism had become such a big part of his self-identity. He said when he was in the church, he would repent when he sinned. He said he was not perfect, and counted his self as one of the most unworthy people to call his self a Christian.” Whether or not he realized it, he described the battle between the flesh and the law written in the seventh chapter of Romans.
The “exvangelical” said while he was never asked why faith was such a big part of his identity, and he felt being asked why atheism is, implies that atheism should not be important to him. Well, consider that many who proselytize for atheism say they do not need to defend their position; they say atheists take no position and have nothing to defend. If this is the case, then why would one expect “nothing” to be a part of an individual’s identity? Would you consider the things about which you have no position or belief to be a major portion of your identity? I don’t belief in unicorns, but I’d hardly say that is a major part of who I am.
The point I’m making is this: If this individual has a belief, a belief there is no God, then it is understandable how it would be a part of his or her identity. But without belief, or without taking a position, how could it be a part of one’s identity? No one can prove there is no God; therefore, the only way to believe He does not exist is through evidence of things not seen. This is something the 11th chapter of Hebrews calls faith.
My words on this page should not be taken as a slam of this individual. He wrote a very candid description of his experience as an atheist. I share his words because they illuminate a question often ignored in the God/No-God debate: The faith of an atheist, or faith in God, which do you choose?