I agree with both of you... I was arguing a point with a devout atheist who insisted on proof; that if God loved as He says, He would reveal Hiimself and stop all the religious warring and painful confusion. (a difficult point to counter)
The power of interpretation, selective understanding and certainty within ourselves never ceases to amaze me (or frighten me a little when its not about everyone ELSE) The proof we breath in nourishing belief is the same others do, producing the exact opposite... I see increasingly that it is not lack of evidence or ignorance that is the enemy, it is denial . Atheist are the most dogmatically faithful Souls on the planet. Belief in the vast Nothing is more a comfort than a big, scarey, smart deity that has taken an interest in you...They have the most at risk.
I aknowledged Proof that I could share, doesn't exist, and a ton of bricks worth of evidence can go unnoticed. I came to an understanding and told him that his proof resides where he refuses to look, and we went on to talk about if it was a real apple..