I’m not calling myself an atheist anymore.
I haven’t started believing in God though.
The problem is that most people that identify as atheists believe in things that I consider much more fantastical than God. I know that I’m not the first person to observe this phenomenon, but it’s been hitting me hard lately.
For example, virtually all atheists I know (in real life and online) believe that if the US had completely open borders, we’d live in a better world. A world in which all the poor people would be made rich and everyone in the US would be better off. Through some miracle, the US would maintain a first-world standard of living even though it would be made up of a third-world population. How would this happen? Is there something miraculous about the particular land mass that the US occupies? I don’t know. I do however know that it’s more likely that there’s a God than it is the the US would still function like a first-world country (to the extent that it still does) when it’s filled with Haitians.
Similarly, all the atheists I know believe that people have souls. The atheist don’t actually use the word “souls” but they refer to the same concept by other names constantly. The ideas that everyone would live productive lives that are free from any coercion if everyone was just left alone from government intrusion, given a “good education,” or given the “necessary resources” are religious ideas. I don’t see these ideas as any different than the idea that “we’re all equal in God’s eyes.”