So are you agnostic (don't know if there is a God or not), are an atheist (know that there is NOT a God). That is a very important destinction. Basically, by saying you are an atheist, you are saying that you do in fact know something that we pretty much agreed is unknowable until it's too late. At least for you , sorry couldn't help myself.
The video I posted in my original post says it better than I can...
"Atheists accept that things that are yet unknown, are simply things that are yet unknown. Science is marching on to new answers every day. We can rest assured that just because we don't know the origin of the universe, we don't have to put a God in that place. It is true that the knowledge of the universe is very small. But why should we fill those gaps, in our knowledge, with a magical being. Why does a magical being make better sense than just accepting that we don't know. Atheists are comfortable with the unknown. We know, that we are learning more every day."
Atheists are very rare.
Atheists make up 16.1% of the U.S population as of March 1st 2008. Up from 13.2% in 2001, and 7.5% in 1990.
Among Americans ages 18-29, 1 in 4 say they are not affiliated with any particular religion.
Obviously not the majority, but 'very rare' is simply not correct.
In Europe, overall, 48% of the total population does not believe there is a God.
56% of Europe ages 15-24 do not believe in a God.
74% of Britain does not believe in a personal God.
Paul Bell wrote an article in Mensa magazine.
Bell concluded, that of the 43 studies carrried out since 1927 on the relationship between ones relgious belief's and ones intelligence and/or education level, all but 4 found an inverse connection.
That is, the higher one's intelligence or education level, the less one is likely to be religious or hold any "beliefs" any kind.
In Europe for example, a survey by the Tearfund organization shows that 65% of people who ended their education at 15 believe in God. Of those whose education ended at age 16-19, 49% believe in God. And of those whose education ended at age 20+, 45% do not believe in a God.
Basicly, the more schooling they recieved, the fewer believed in God.
I knew a kid who claimed he was an Atheist. About 3 months later he told me what he had for Christmas dinner.
Myself, I take Christmas as more of an excuse to get together to see the family. Of course the gifts are nice, but I see it as just doing something nice for someone as they do something nice for me.