Why are you an atheist ?
I don't want any of you to answer that. What a stupid question. Asking why someone is an atheist is about as intelligent as asking why he's a round-earther, or why he thinks the sky is blue. Because we recognize the obvious !
Do we really choose to know anything ? Now, I am perhaps the stongest advocate of compatibilism you'll find, but in this case, in the sense people usually mean that, I don't choose to be an atheist any more than I choose the facts of reality. In essence, if truth is a combination of fact and method, then there is really nothing to choose here. Is there ?
We must reject any idea of description of people's beliefs as some kind of window to higher truths. If people disagree, then it means that people are irrational, not that there is a fundamental problem with rational thought. Why do we automatically assume that people are rational when we talk about what is mere preference and belief ? Derek, I'm looking at you man.