Wikipedia 10K Redux by Reagle from Starling archive. Bugs abound!!!
If one is an atheist who desires to hold onto one's atheism ''rationally,'' one would appear to need some arguments that God does not exist. Many theists maintain that it would not do simply to refute arguments that God exists. That would--many theists maintain--only show that there was no good reason to believe that God exists. It would not show that there was good reason specifically to believe that God does not exist. Theists see this and sometimes say: you can’t prove that God does not exist, because you can’t prove a negative; so atheism requires just as much faith as theism does; so at least you should be agnostic.