Of course it is a matter of belief. And let's be clear, faith (how you are using it) just is belief. E.g.
Oxford English Dictionary
I. Belief, trust, confidence.
b. Belief proceeding from reliance on testimony or authority. (secondary)
The secondary meaning here is the kind of faith that is used to overcome a lack of evidence. It is a blindness overlooked. You take someone else's word because you trust that person, not because there is any real evidence. You don't have that with atheism.
I take faith to mean confidence in a belief in this case, because, Atheists are generally confident that there is not a God. That's where your whole Pascal's Wager thing would otherwise come into play again.
Whatever, I do not believe in extra political benefits for religions.
Do you believe in them for NPO's? Because that is pretty much what a Religion is, same tax breaks, different category.
Sorry. Find another way to make money...if that's what you really want.
Not really. I don't know if you read the whole OP, you probably did, but this whole thing was pretty much a joke. Not even pretty much, it just was a joke.
A successful atheist is someone who does not believe in God. An atheist may need to give reasons, but does need to defend herself against religion. You have no positive claims. "But if you're an atheist you are saying that God did not create man/the world/etc." Fine, then be agnostic. This is small potatoes. Religion has to defend itself from atheism.
That depends on who the aggressor is, does it not? It seems to me that when you have people coming to your door, taking you aside, giving you pamphlets, putting books in hotel rooms, and AND practically owning the media for a time (not so much now) yeah, you're the one on the defense.
Do you really think "preaching" to the religious is going to make them change their entire belief system? Do you like when theists preach to you? You want to become like them in this respect?
Who said I am not a Theist? I didn't.
I didn't say I am an Atheist either.
Nor did I say I am Agnostic.
It may or may not make them change. Actually, nothing can make them change, an Athiest will impart information and then they decide whether or not to change. In any case, we'll make our money off of Atheists, but if we can get more people to be Atheists, then that is more money.
Ultimately, the Chruch itself is Secondary in terms of money making, it might even take a small loss. If it does that's fine, because one of our Merchandise Corporations can make a tax deductible donation to make up for it. We're going to make most of our money off of Merchandising, but we need the actual Church to lend an air of legitimacy to the Merchandise.
No one likes to be lectured into changing their opinion, much less all their beliefs about the world. Most people will resist. Almost all of us did that with our parents. I am sure this isn't the way to go.
It'll be Ok. Even if we fail to convert one single Theist, I still think the Market is there for this venture to be profitable.