At 9/18/12 10:16 PM, Samuraikyo wrote:
To reject a God would be to "know for a fact" that God doesn't exist.
No, it wouldn't. It would be refusing to believe an extraordinary claim solely on faith. If you tell me you have a 2 pound diamond in your pocket and I say "I don't believe you unless you show me", it doesn't necessarily mean that I'm calling you a liar. It's completely possible to reserve judgment about a claim until further evidence is provided, which would mean that you don't have belief one way or the other but you would have a lack of belief in the validity of said claim.
Lack of belief and not claiming to know for a fact is a contridiction.
No, it isn't. Lack of belief and belief are a contradiction, claiming to know and not claiming to know are a contradiction. However, it's completely possible to lack belief or believe while not claiming to know or claiming to know.
Claiming to not know for a fact is a belief.
It's an admission of ignorance which doesn't deal with belief in the validity of any claim.
Atheism is the lack of a belief (at least in the common definition).
You would be right if you understood what lack of belief means. However, you think lack of belief must be accompanied by claims of knowledge to the contrary of a particular claim and that is simply wrong.