I am an atheist who asserts that there are no gods. There exist no gods. Gods do not exist. I can restate that many different ways.
What do I mean by that? By that I mean that there are no beings that are living and can perform magic. No, not magic tricks. Magic. Examples include but are not limited to Yahweh, Jesus, Vishnu, Allah, Kim Jong Il and any of the other ones described in popular history or claimed to be gods.
As long as I append that with the tacit admission that I can be wrong about things I know, that I have been wrong before, my position should be crystal clear and consistent with regards to a myriad things that I say do not exist.
What is my proof for non-existence?
I do not have any.
Nothing resembling a god has been demonstrated. There is no evidence that proves the existence of a god.
But "absence of evidence" is not "evidence of absence".
Correct. I find that either inconsequential or dishonest. Inconsequential because we often determine something to be absent only because there is an absence of evidence, and dishonest when we do not admit that we do.
Suppose I say that there is an elephant in the trunk of your car. If you are the kind of person who prefers to rigorously affirm "I do not believe there is an elephant in the trunk of my car" and not "No, there is no elephant in the trunk of my car" or an equivalent denial, in all such cases, you cannot understand my position.
If you insist that you just checked and respond "no, there isn't", well how about now? Also, how did you determine that there was no elephant in the car trunk if you insist that "absence of evidence" is not "evidence of absence"?
And what if I describe an elephant to be air in a confined space that touches a spare tire, and a mat? Do you recognize it to be an elephant?
That said, I regard those who say "I do not believe that gods exist" to be atheists as well, I simply feel that they are offering unearned respect for religious beliefs and are inconsistent. Unless of course, they use an exactly similar posture for anything they claim does not exist whether it be temporally or spatially.
Those who make the claim "we cannot know if gods exist" are agnostics, and are making a more onerous claim. They are actually claiming that something cannot be known.
How do they know that and deny me my claim to knowledge?