I am a positive atheist. I reject all claims of the existence of a supernatural god on metaphysical grounds, and I reject the concept of faith as a means of knowledge acquisition.
A Supernatural God
The term “supernatural” means beyond the natural realm of which our faculty of reason can integrate. It is beyond our senses, outside of our realm of knowledge. However, it is impossible to conceive that which we cannot know. To ask an individual to conceive of a supernatural god is to ask him to conceive of a square triangle or a married bachelor. Furthermore, if we are to define God as a supernatural being, it cannot posses determinate characteristics that define a natural being. To conceive of God as a natural being would be to place limits on his existence and disqualify him as a omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent god.
We are asked to conceive of a being without determinate characteristics, without a specific nature, a being that is nothing in particular. Yet this contradicts the very notion of existence. To be is to be something as opposed to nothing. In order to exist a God must have characteristics. But his supernatural state leaves him beyond our grasp of understanding and so we cannot ascribe him any characteristic without chaining him to the natural universe and disqualifying him his status as a god.
The Concept of Faith
Humans were born without claws, poisonous spoors, wings, or impressive strength. We were however born with our minds and its capacity to reason. A human being must act in accordance with his nature in order to live. He must eat food, not rat poison; drink water, not Freon; protect his body from the elements, not run amok naked. Above all, man must use his faculty of reason.
Reason is man’s means of integrating the fruits of his senses into abstractions and concepts. It is his only tool to understand the universe. To renounce reason is to surrender man’s only tool to survive. Like a lion who surrenders its claws, a whale that surrenders its flippers, a dog who surrenders its legs, humans who surrender their faculty of reason would be doomed to fail in the natural world unless kept alive by the reasoned action of others.