This is entirely different from what we are talking about, though. A better analogy would be to say: "I believe I won't die today, but I can't be 100% certain of that." There are any number of things that could kill me on my way to work, this morning. I could get hit by another car, or an unknown embolism in my brain could result in a fatal stroke, or some random person could shoot me. However, I believe that everything will be fine and there is no reason to act as if I am going to die today. I take care as always to be safe, but not because I think I am going to die, but because I understand that there are risks in life. This does not change my plans for the day, or for the future.
One's understanding of possibilities in no way invalidates a particular belief. The belief might be irrational or delusional, completely contrary to the evidence, but that in no way makes it any less real. In this case and the analogy, however what we have is a lack of any reason to believe in the propositions: god and imminent death. Lacking such reason, and lacking any motivation to base one's life on an agnostic perspective (that the answer cannot be known), stated unbelief is perfectly reasonable.
Compared to the insecurity of wondering if the people coming down the street will beat and murder you? Or being prevented from working? Or holding public office?
Damn right you are not alone... you are still the majority in this country.
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