weedooJust wondering, to me, atheism always seemed like a fundemental belief that there is no God, so isn't saying that atheism isn't faith based technically wrong? Im actually curious
But that's not what I said ;) Not believing in God is something very different to claiming that there is no God. The former is simply a lack of belief, the latter is a claim about knowledge.
If a person claims that there is no God, then they are making a knowledge-based claim that requires evidence to support. There is no such evidence, and no way to prove that God does not exist. Therefore it is an ontological mistake to claim that there is no God. A good deal of people make this mistake, and they are just as wrong as someone claiming to know that God does exist.
Faith is believing something to be true based on insufficient evidence. This is the cornerstone of all religion. Religion is not scientific nor based on sufficient evidence. Atheism, on the other hand, does not rely on faith at all. In fact it is the opposite- it is because there is insufficient evidence for the claims made by religion that I do not believe them to be true.
I don't have faith that unicorns don't exist, I don't have faith that the tooth fairy doesn't exist, etc. Rather, it is because there is insufficient evidence for their existence that I don't believe in them. The Gods & Goddesses of religion are no different.