Re: Atheism, and "Bread and Circuses"
That and nothing more is the basic atheistic position.
Well, I'd say that it's safe to say that you aren't speaking for all people who consider themselves atheists.
To clarify, I don't think your bubblegum machine analogy fully captures the situation, and nor is it best to approach the situation by analogy.
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