Right now I certainly can't claim to be an atheist or a strict materialist either. Some of the most arrogant, obnoxious, disrespectful fundamentalists I have ever read or heard speak have been atheists. I do, however, accept the Theory of Evolution as the best explanation we have for our observations of living things.
I sometimes enjoy the debate between rational empiricists and people of faith. It can be like watching that last tournament between Nadal and Federer. Whether you were rooting for one or the other, watching the volleys was fun.
- There's a watch here, so there must be a watchmaker somewhere.
- God must exist because there's so much beauty and goodness in the world.
- God must not exist, or must not be a loving God, because a loving God wouldn't allow so much pain and suffering in the world, especially by innocent people.
- God must be an UN-intelligent designer, or there must be no designer, because so many "designs" in nature are suboptimal - a perfect God would design a perfect world.