In a post The atheist delusion Gez quotes the following from David Nicholls, President of the Atheist Foundation:
We’re … people who have realised there’s absolutely no evidence for any of the 3000 gods …
In a comment Robert J. Wilson, himself an atheist, makes a point which I was also going to bring up before I saw his comment:
As Mr. Nicholls rightly points out, there are over 3,000 gods throughout history. Christians are 99.9% atheist in that they disbelieve in all but one. We (atheists) simply go one god further.
I could have responded by noting how completely Wilson misunderstands, or misrepresents, what the one God means to us Christians. We don’t so much believe in his existence as have a relationship with him. Even if I didn’t believe that Solomon’s thousand wives and concubines (1 Kings 11:3) existed, that would bring me no closer to disbelieving in the existence of my own one wife – I know she exists because I know her! And the same with my one God.
But the reply to Wilson I in fact posted, pointing out his mathematical error, was more on the level his argument deserves:
Interesting statistic, Robert. Perhaps you think we Christians are 99.9% atheist in that we disbelieve in all but THREE of the 3000? But the three are one, so I go with 99.97% atheist.