It is not needful for me to defend my unbelief in a deity. It is up to the theists to defend their belief in a deity. They do this to their own satisfaction but not to mine.
This is dogmaticism at its finest. I hope you recognize that, and are secretly joking.
My state is the default state which we all have at birth.
Meaning… innocence? Tell me with a straight face that you’ve never lied, cheated, stole, became illegitimately angry, cursed, malicious, or vengeful towards another person and I’ll think about it.
If some theists see merit in acquiring wealth, there is hope for them yet.
So you believe that prosperity/materialism is a reason for/meaning of life. I’m sure you’ve heard of the colloquialism, “Money is the root of all evil”…
As to rationalism and empiricism, these are entirely good things. I would need them fully developed if I were a scientist observing and experimenting.
I’m glad you see them as “good”, seeing that these are some of the building blocks by which we are able to have a coherent discourse.
I will have to manage with the small amount I have.
Are you talking about money or rationalism/empiricism?
I have concluded that the claim that a guy in the sky made matter (forming it into a cosmos would be easy after that) was a baseless fantasy. It seems obvious once one has gone through the struggle of recognising the faulty belief for what it is.
You’re an anonymous thought entity in a disembodied medium of communication. I don’t grasp how you can say this with a straight face.
But theists pile atop their fantasy a vast wobbly superstructure of dogma…
“[W]obbly superstructure of dogma”…? Hardly. Sufficed to say that you’ve yet an ounce of rationale to offer in support of your position (aside from a questionable bit of empiricism) to date.
…to control the lives of those accepting the fantasy,…
To an extent, yes – there is clear evidence of manipulative intent, whether it be ranging from the outset of Christianity to the church of the Weimar era, but doesn’t that speak as much about the nature of the people (for a contemporary example, take a look here) as much as those doing the manipulation? (This is why democracy is fundamentally flawed and love is the ultimate law).
…and arrange the premature death of any who are free of it.
I wouldn’t know of any offhand examples (Google: murdered atheists religion). First degree murder by reason of religious affiliation (or lack thereof). Would you mind giving some?