What possible events can you think of, that according to your beliefs, fits the description of these; events with unknown causes?
I can think of two specific and personal experiences which I could easily have attributed to the supernatural. I won't go into the details on a public forum. For all I know, they may have had a supernatural cause, but I have absolutely no evidence of this. I just find the scientific explanation (of experience 1) and my own explanation (of experience 2) more plausable. In the face of no evidence, I reject the supernatural explanations. I won't accept the experiences themselves as evidence of anything.
And at this point we can start a discussion. Since you have viewed all the current evidence for evolutionary and biological science, cosmology, geology, my question, then, becomes Ã¢â‚¬Å“How can everything (all of this) come from nothingÃ¢â‚¬Â?
I have absolutely not viewed all the current evidence for evolutionary and biological science, cosmology, geology. I am very much a science novice. My question though, and the foundation of my atheism, is "How can everything (all of this) have been deliberately created this way"?
Why do atheists take such pains to ignore the perceivable implications of current knowledge when current knowledge is heralded as so great? How do you decide which areas of study must be labeled as unknowns or troublesome facts that will someday have a solution... hopefully?
To me, great pains would be to correlate current knowledge with something supernatural. If God is out there and wants me to believe, He knows how to do it*
And if you were one of the bystanders, you'd probably cheer that on believing the same thing. What's the point? Are you dfending those who dabble in magic?
My point is this: As time goes on, as we improve our knowledge and understanding of the universe, as we keep looking for solutions to the unknowns and troublesome facts, we have less reason to call on supernatural causes.
I don't think that as individuals we are any smarter now than we were 500 years ago. But we now know how to make fire spring from our fingertips. Anyone can do it with just a cigarette lighter, it's not magic.
Magic, ie Gandalf type magic, doesn't exist. Any "magic" experiments that appear to have some tangible outcome are just unexplained science.
* I'm paraphrasing someone from another forum, apologies I can't remember who or where