I don't know where you heard that atheists do not care about existence. That's ridiculous. Many atheists look to science to find an answer based on observation and evidence. Why wouldn't you want an answer based on evidence?
The Big Bang theory provides us an understanding of the structural evolution of the universe (post-Big Bang), based on a number of empirical evidences. If you're curious as to how the universe came into existence (pre-Big Bang), you'll only find speculation -- we haven't gathered evidence regarding creation. One scenario suggests, based on Hubble's law, that there existed an energy-filled singularity upon which the Big Bang - for currently unknown reasons - released. Another scenario, fairly recent, is that space and time are thought to be required by quantum laws to pop into existence from "nothing." Certain conditions consisting of quantum fluctuations, zero Newtonian gravitational energy, and inflation would need to follow this proposal.
The problem with looking for pre-Big Bang answers is that space and time did not exist beforehand. That's like wanting to rewind a security camera to 8:50am when the camera began filming at 9:00am.
With whatever the best scientific explanation at the time is. Its not that we don't care its that we don't have a problem admitting we don't know everything rather than making up an explanation. Religious people contradict themselves trying to use existence as proof of god. If existence of any kind is impossible without a god then who created god? If you say god is timeless and has always existed then right there you admit existence is possible without creation.
They base it off of scientific theories and conjectures. But not all atheists would believe that the earth was created the same way.
Like me, for instance, am pragmatic agnostic. I'm not going to go into a lot of detail on the "pragmatic" part of my agnosticism but agnostic is more or less between atheist and religious. You believe there COULD be a god (or higher power for this matter). So really agnostics wouldn't necessarily have a set place on where they think they'll go after life, or if they'll of anywhere at all.
Other religions (not sure what you are) believe there is no hell and only heaven.
Some believe hell is a good place.
Some believe that satan is actually the good one and god lied to everyone saying satan is evil and he killed people, etc. etc.
I'm guessing you're not that old... In short, wait till you're a bit older to get into religion.
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Atheists who seek to form an opinion about how things came about tend to use logic and reason to explain our views. We find that facts and corroboration are more reliable than superstition and hyperbole.
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It is absolutely NOT true that atheists don't care about existence, we are people you know. If it was a friend at school telling this to you, tell him it isn't true. Atheism is simply using logic and science for what you believe in. Imagine it like just having normal life, but without religion and church and such. It is not evil to be an atheist, what is evil is to think of them any less than one with religion. To explain the universe specifically, most of us use the Big Bang Theory.
An extremely hot and dense state magically existed , then this singularity magically decided to expand and by chance our fine tuned universe came for no purpose and by no intelligent cause and magically the four fundamental forces came from one force ... All glory be to chance for by her all things have been created ! And all praise be to her daughter (Mother Nature ) for by her all things have been evolved ! .
They don't explain it, the offer the BEST explanation based on what we know now about the universe. They use the scientific method, and make Scientific theories based on where most evidence and study points to. A scientific theory is much closer to fact than a theory, but since a lot of these theories can't be actually tested in front of us like evolution since it takes a HUGE space of time, its called a theory. However, we have evidence for these things. Atheists care for existence, they just don't accept religious stories or fall to creationism like others do, they use science to have a more accurate estimation based on scientific study and the theories that have as a result. They are trying much harder to find out the existence cause, but such an answer is very difficult to find, and comprehension of it is slightly difficult as well. Stage fact that atheists generally use science for how they see things, and science is trying to explain existence and some atheists like Matt dillahunty, and John Dee, Richard Dawkins, and others actually debate about why creationism is less likely by far, I'd say its safe to say atheists do care. In conclusion, I'm an atheists and I care very much about existance
There is a great debate called "evidence for God" with Dr. Craig on YouTube. The other side gives their opinion on how the universe started, and it's a great opportunity to understand how they view the beginnings. Just saying "the Big Bang" doesn't solve it, because it's a contingent entity; all contingent entities have a cause, in this universe. And to say "it didn't exist in the universe" begs the question: if you posit a ruleless pre-universe in which anything can happen, science is obviated and so is probability. It's not science you are doing, but majik.
Generally it's the BBT. But being an atheist doesn't mean I have to have some alternate explanation. We are allowed to NOT know. We don't HAVE to know. For some reason, many believers have this misconception that if you don't know the origin of the universe, then that's somehow total proof of a god. But in reality it's as much proof of a god as it is of fairies. Putting that aside, the BBT does have a lot of evidence to support it. The main "I don't know" part is what existed *before* the big bang. Physicists have some sort of explanation, but I have no clue what it is and even if I did, I doubt I'd understand it. All in all, atheists aren't REQUIRED to have an explanation. Dunno what we would do with the knowledge if we had it.
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I would consider myself a run-of-the-mill agnostic/atheist. I have never once claimed to know or even state what I believe in concerning the existence of the universe. Why? B/c I don't know and am too lazy to try and learn the science behind BBT. Do I care about existence? I sure do! I go to work to provide food and shelter for myself so that I can continue to exist.
I think Space always existed, if so, then it always will, it's infinite. The universe began within this space. since the universe had a beginning it has an end, and is finite. Since it has no point of origin, and is expanding away from us in all directions to the point of being unobservable, we will never know what preceded the singularity and the inflation, "Big Bang". Theories are probably the best we can do.A god from nowhere is as hard to contemplate as a singularity from the same place. there has to be an Eternal force involved somewhere, take your pick.
Atheists do not share a common set of beliefs or philosophies, so you'd have to ask each individual atheist.
Science is doing a pretty great job explaining our early universe, and we're increasing our knowledge by leaps and bounds every day. It does not make any logical sense to think that just because we don't know absolutely everything about the universe that a supernatural deity is involved. There is nothing about this universe that shows any indication of needing or having supernatural intervention.
And yes- atheists care about existence. You are confusing us with nihilists, as many seem to do.
Atheists are not obliged to explain the existence of the universe. Atheists are only without belief in god/s. No divinity is needed as any part of the formula for me to take great comfort in the natural embrace of existence, or to give me purpose for the willful fulfillment of the best of my own nature.
There is no one thing all Atheists believe in. A lot of Atheists accept the Big Bang as a reasonable explanation for the creation of the universe, some just don't care at all. The only thing Atheists have in common is that they do not believe in any deity.