Regarding “Why atheists are not as rational as some like to think” (Belief, Oct. 7): My perception is that the word “belief” is often a trap for atheists. The definition of atheism is lack of belief in god(s), without mention of an alternative belief requirement. Religious people seem to believe that a god fills a space in a human being; whereas, atheists view god as an appendage, an unnecessary addition to a human being. Atheists, in my opinion, find it inessential, even counterproductive, to romanticize or seek vicarious power over the mysteries of life.
Being an atheist needn’t mean being against religion, it can simply be a “no thank you” but to each his/her own. Carolyn King Moore, The Woodlands