There more you think about it, the more unreasonable it seems that a God created this world with all its imperfections. However, if you started out wanting to believe in a God, I think it’s difficult to let go of this notion all at once. It is not reasonable that a god with infinite power would create this world with all its inherent properties and then blame all its faults on the decisions made by the human minds blessed with the free will. It is true that we by making better decisions could reduce the amount of societal injustice. But the way nature is set up with the system of evolution, implies that a lot of dying is taking place. And as far as we know, this process has also shaped the human. There are limits to how nice this world would be, even if we all behaved like Gods best children. Improved moral conduct would not take away the pain of genetically caused diseases (e.g. MS). Christianity is not the only religion with conceptual problems. One of the most preposterous ideas that is common within the new age community, and which has hinduistic roots, is the one of reincarnation based on how well you performed morally during your previous life. This is not an explanation, it’s just a bad excuse for horrid living conditions for lower castes of the society. Another idea which seems to be common among the lesser bright members of the ecological movement, is that nature in its purity is good and that all evil stems from human manipulation. All who know nature well, know that it is a strictly unforgiving place, with predators, parasites and poisonous plants. But continuing with god as the three monotheistic religions see him, I find it utterly unfulfilling to have this many people begging and praising to him and only occasionally (in their minds) getting some hint of an response. Is this not cruel? With the science on the other hand, and without assuming a great director of the world, things make perfect sense. The presence of suffering in the world for example, can easily be explained: The brain of an animal needs cues on what actions to avoid in order to not damage its own body. Hunger and thirst are also necessary to promote eating and drinking. But nature has limited resources so that food and water may not be available. In certain situations an the brain of an animal may also fail at the task of avoiding injuries to the body, because situation presented to the animal, happens to be unsolvable. This applies to humans as well. When witnesses of Jehovah or other missionaries approach me, they somehow sometimes assume that I have not thought about the god-idea. Maybe this is because atheists a lot of the times, don’t want to cause a stir by uttering that they actively don’t believe in god. They rather say that they are not religious.