Hello from the atheist theist, who happens to be agnostic and also conservative-liberal.
Just kidding about most of those.
I am, however, a theist who identifies far better with the atheist community and thought process than with any theist I have yet encountered. Here is a quote and rough description of my position. Please help me refine it by showing me where I have made mistakes, as I am sure I have.
I am totally fine with people who believe just because they believe. Often, it is really good for them and everybody around. Some of them become workaholics instead of alcoholics. And this is good.
The problem begins for me when some of believers claim that they are exceptional because of their believe.
Anything else is certainly debatable with joy on this forum.
Thank you. That is exactly my position. I believe because the universe seems like a better place to live if there is some purpose to it, perhaps a purpose assigned by a higher power. I do not presume that this makes me better than anyone, nor that there is any reason behind my claim. I do not think you are wrong for disagreeing with me, from an unbiased standpoint. Because, logically, there can be, not only no proof, but no evidence one way or the other on the raw issue of god's existence. And so, on that issue alone, as it is when taken independently of all others, preference is the reigning factor in deciding the truth.
I believe in god because I want to. But that belief has nothing whatsoever to do with how I think on any other issue. It is little more than a source of comfort, providing a sense of purpose that, otherwise, seems to be missing. It does not support my views on science or other things.
I am a scientist, because I seek to explain the "how" of the universe.
I am a Darwinist because I think life evolved over time, because that makes logical sense.
I am a liberal because I think justice can best be found by balancing individual liberty with common equality.
I am a theist because I feel like it. There can be no better reason.
I hate the practice of Scientology with a passion, for its dangerous implications and refusal to accept the obvious fact of psychology.
I dislike abortion as a choice, particularly the idea of it being made lightly, on a whim. I feel I have a rather strong foundation and ability to discuss this and other medical issues, as my access to biomedical ethics issues has been extensive lately.
I support universal health care, as the idea is consistent with my liberal mindset.
I support equality in the extreme, but also logical differentiation. Women are different from men, but possess the same potential in at least most areas, and quite likely more in some.
I dislike religious dogmatism, and am supremely unimpressed by emotional appeals lacking any foundation in logic, particularly those of certain of my relatives, in important issues.
One of my most fundamental beliefs is as follows: Where there exists dissonance between what is and what should be, those with the power to act bear as a consequence of that power the responsibility to act, as best as they are able.
When arguments erupt between atheists and theists on other issues, I tend to side with the atheists. Generally speaking, more of the rational people I know are atheists.
And I like to talk to people who genuinely support a view I oppose, because it helps me form a clearer view of the issue. I look forward to watching my beliefs change and develop as my world-view expands, and I hope this site will help.
Be as you wish to seem ~Socrates