I was tagged by Da'as Hedyot, so I guess I'll do my blogging duty.
Q1. How would you define "atheism"?
Strictly as simply the lack of belief in gods. But in general, practically for those who take the title, it subsumes a whole series of assumptions about humanity and our relationship with the rest of reality. The basic worldview asserts that the universe was an accident without consequence or meaning. Humans exist purely by luck and our interaction with the rest of reality doesn't go beyond it being merely the otherwise irrelevant backdrop for the navel-gazing human drama to play out. Morality is subjective (and therefore is without any means of authority to orient right from wrong).
That, in the end, we are all nothing (ala Hawking) but the chemical scum placed on a moderate-size planet, orbiting around a very average star in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies.
Q2. Was your upbringing religious? If so, what tradition?
Blah, blah. Everyone knows about this already. Modern OJ, relatively chilled.
Q3. How would you describe "Intelligent Design", using only one word?
Q4. What scientific endeavor(s) really excites you?
Space exploration. Biological systems. Deep-time evolution.
Q5. If you could change one thing about the "atheist community", what would it be and why?
To stop defining themselves by what they are not. It's terrible when the only way they seem to be able to progress their cause is by attacking the alternatives. Not that the method doesn't have its place, but the "atheist community" seems far too sure of its worldview which it only reached by denying the views of others.
Q6. If your child came up to you and said "I'm joining the clergy", what would be your first response?
Alright, just make sure you don't get so frum that you won't eat in my house anymore.
Q7. What's your favorite theistic argument, and how do you usually refute it?
Meh. I'm so bored with that endless debate. Generally it's a matter of someone asserting something about God and I just say, "Oh, how do you know that impossible to know thing?"
Q8. What's your most "controversial" (as far as general attitudes amongst other atheists goes) viewpoint?
I'm not an atheist. That tends to get 'em riled up and remarkably few seem to comprehend the significant gradations between I and some Biblical literalist.
Q9. Of the "Four Horsemen" (Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens and Harris) who is your favorite, and why?
I like Dawkins. Actually I liked him before he became a militant atheist performer since I appreciate his contributions to evolution, but even so he's great with the turn of phrase and he makes his points with excellent clarity. Harris though seems to be the most reasonable-sounding of the bunch.
Q10. If you could convince just one theistic person to abandon their beliefs, who would it be?
Hmm. I really don't care all that much. How about the next virgin-addled pro-murderer before he completes his massacre?