Problems I have with most atheists...
Even though I am one of them. Are these stereotypes? Yes. But they are just the attitude of most atheists I meet, unfortunatly.
1.) Cynicism - Living in a world where everyday you are literally *surrounded* by people who believe in imaginary things can be pretty frustrating. One of the things that turned me to atheism was the realization that there is no point in focusing on any life but this one, and to take advantage of it because you only get one and are infinitly lucky to be alive considering the literally infinite number of people who are never born. When I meet atheists who are atheist because of how dark and dreary they see the world, it makes me sad for them. Is the world a screwed up place? Certainly. Sulking only makes it worse and perpetual.
2.) Nobody thinks beyond atheism. Atheism is, to me, the next step in the evolution of "spiritual" though. Hear me out. I realize "spiritual" is a word that has all sorts of magical/supersitious connotations, but I assure that is not what I mean by the word "spiritual". I will try and loosely define it as your experience of finding meaning, your life journey, your heart of hearts learning that it does. It's kind of like saying "heart", as a matter of fact. When I say "heart", it can mean two things. One is your physical, beating organ. The other is almost indefinable. It's your intuition, your love, all these things. Now, I cannot define "heart" in terms that are very objectively sound and/or satisfying to everybody, but everybody knows what I'm talking about when I say "heart". If you don't, I feel sorry for you, and might even argue elsewhere that you are not qua human.
It is obvious to any rational person that our old time supersitious beliefs cannot withstand the scruitiny of rational inquiry and thus should be discarded. This includes religion and superstitious definitions of what "God" is. But have you ever considered defining God in a new way that does not involve some judging, bi-polar, monarch ass swinging his finger at you and causing disease? Think about the profound mental experiences that so many thousands of people (myself included) have claimed to have. Their interpreations of the cause may differ, but no matter what the interpretation (subconcious, Allah, etc.) we are only speculating. What about how conciousness arose from nothing?
I have my ideas (answers?) to these questions, and I'd be happy to discuss them to anybody who is interested. On the radio show or on the message boards.