Atheism is often regarded as a rejection of religious belief, a position firmly grounded in evidence and reason. But is atheism itself free from faith? This blog post delves into the unexpected aspects of faith inherent in atheism and questions whether it might be a leap into the unknown.

Atheism’s Faith-Based Beliefs

At its core, atheism denies the existence of a higher power, but it also harbors specific beliefs. Atheists often trust that events like Christ’s resurrection are misinterpretations, that miracles are deceptive, that near-death experiences must have a real world explanation, that the universe could emerge from nothing, and that science has an explanation for all phenomena. These beliefs form an integral part of the atheistic worldview.

Not Wrong, But Different

It’s crucial to recognize that defining atheism as a belief system or even a religious stance doesn’t imply that it’s incorrect. People must base their beliefs on evidence and logic. What matters is aligning belief with rational and evidence, rather than defying it.

Searching for Atheistic Evidence

While atheism is repleat in arguments that challenge theistic views, it often falls short in providing positive apologetic for its own stance. The focus is limited to dismantling theistic evidence rather than constructing a concrete case for atheism. This lack of positive evidence is an intriguing aspect of the atheistic perspective that is not often accounted for.

Atheism’s Leap into the Unknown

With its emphasis on negating other viewpoints rather than substantiating its own, atheism might be seen as a significant leap into uncertainty. Some argue that atheism’s lack of positive evidence makes it a greater jump into the unknown compared to other belief systems.


Atheism’s position in the spectrum of beliefs is more nuanced than a mere rejection of theism. It’s a system complete with its own faith-based assertions, challenging the commonly held notion that atheism is devoid of faith. Engaging with this complexity fosters a deeper, more effective dialogue about belief, evidence, and our shared human experience.

C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Find him on Patreon Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Join his Patreon and support his ministry

    3 replies to "Atheism is a Blind Leap of Faith in Disguise?"

    • Tom F

      There’s a good number of atheists that I think would be better classified as “anti-theists.” They don’t really have any positive view of what should be believed, or what is true. Instead they spend most of their time fighting theists, usually Christians, and trying to disprove their beliefs. Many of them also harbor deep hurts, regrets, and pain (whether actual or perceived) against Christians that they’ve never healed from. So, they continue to be bothered by Christianity and act out against it instead of healing from their wounds.

    • Daniel Hamilton

      To believe that an exceedingly vast, systematically ordered universe, exquisitely finely tuned for life here with intricate astounding complexity*, can be all a result of purely natural processes requires much faith, more so than that the universe logically testifies to design, requiring a First Cause (at the least), that of a powerful being of supreme intelligence being behind the existence of energy and organization of matter.


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