A redated post:
The title of Sam Harris's book, "The End of Faith," suggests that somehow the life of unbelief is a life without faith. Is he kidding? In the Q and A session of his debate with Douglas Jesseph William Lane Craig said that you need more faith to be an atheist than to be a Christian. You must, for example, believe that the universe arose from nothing and by nothing at the big bang, for example.
Now it seems clear even if you don't agree with Craig, you have to admit that the atheist exercises some faith. The atheist has faith that whatever we are having trouble explaining naturalistically now we will be able to explan at some time in the future.
Atheists sometimes pretend that somehow their acceptance of atheism is a purely rational choice free of emotional considerations. Really? These comments by Thomas Nagel should set this myth to rest:
TN: In speaking of the fear of religion, I don't mean to refer to the entirely reasonable hostility toward certain established religions and religious institutions, in virtue of their objectionable moral doctrines, social policies, and political influence. Nor am I referring to the association of many religious beliefs with superstition and the acceptance of evident empirical falsehoods. I am talking about something much deeper - namely, the fear of religion itself. I speak from experience, being strongly subject to this fear myself: I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn't just that I don't believe in God, and naturally, hope that I'm right about my belief. It's that I hope there is no God! I don't want there to be a God; I don't want the universe to be like that.
I am linking back to an old post of mine on the subject.