Your perspective is a common one, but I'll try to explain the atheist perspective. Saying we only believe science and reason isn't true for all atheists, but even if it was, it encompasses more than you think.It is a common perspective because it makes a lot of sense. I know there is no one atheist position but you see variations of this same theme over and over and they generally don't appreciate the difficulties it has.
Science is a way of explaining the natural world, so atheists simply deny the supernatural and think everything is understandable even if we haven't yet understood it. Make sense?It does make sense. It just says a lot about the nature of the thing in question. If you say love is completely understandable as a physical phenomenon then you are saying it is only a chemical thing. That love songs completely miss the true nature of love. One person's brain chemistry has been effected by interacting with another person. Sure that is part of it, but is it the whole thing?
Other people say love is the greatest human good. That true love is something we should devote our lives to. It is something we should be willing to die for. Which of these ideas are true can be debated. What cannot be debated is that they are different ideas. That to hold them both is inconsistent. The fact is many atheists do hold both or at least act like they do. They say everything is reducible to science but they believe, not based on science, that only this woman can make them happy. So that is all I am trying to point out.
I'll take issue with your points specifically. In number 1, you say that you can't prove truth. That may be true in a philosophical sense, but we can determine what is consistent with our shared perceptions of reality. That is closer to proven truth than any religion provides.I don't think I was saying that. I was not talking about how we get to know truth. I was talking about the virtue of loving the truth. Many atheists have this virtue. Not everyone does. There are a lot of liberal Christians who play games with truth. They use unclear language to finesse around contradictions. Atheists typically don't do that. This is good. But is the reason they don't do it based on science or is it prior to science? If it is prior to science then you have violated your creed.
Point 2, I agree that it is subjective. Someone's importance is only relative to an individual or group.I am not saying all atheists will have all these beliefs. What I am saying is many have at least one. If they do then they don't really beleive all truth is accessible through science. I do think your last sentence has huge moral implications that you don't appreciate.
Point 3, 4 & 9 deal with morality, which to me is just what is more beneficial or harmful to an individual or society. I am outraged far less than most, but in cases of loss of life, I am saddened by the waste of it all and want justice just so that it is less likely to happen again. I see this as completely rational, don't you?It is rational but it is not scientific. You cannot do experiments that tell you about justice. It is a common mistake for atheists to assume any talk about religion or morals or metaphysics is inherently irrational. Some religions say that. Catholicism does not. It say not all truth is scientific but all truth obeys the laws of logic and reason.
I don't think my life has meaning of its own right, but I want to create meaning in part to give me something to do, earn esteem from those around me and be remembered, pretty rational, right?Not really. If your life has no inherent meaning then other people's lives would be inherently meaningless as well. So how do you create meaning by having meaningless lives interact? Earning esteem from meaningless people? Being remember by meaningless people?
I thank those who help me, because I'm social and want to maintain relationships.
How is appreciating our time is limited not rational?Again, not everyone will see themselves in all the points. That is why they all begin with the word "if." I think many atheists cease to act like atheists around art or around death. The point is the atheist creed is almost impossible to live. It does not mean it is false. It just means the human mind operates in terms of the transcendent even when they have accepted as fact that it does not exist.
It is kinda brain chemistry, and therefore explainable. Also, we are social creatures and it's harder to go through life alone.
I'm never really overwhelmed....but I do prefer some music, movies and the female form. There are studies about how we form preferences, so....science.
That leaves the atheist with two options. Either accept that the human mind senses something real and that there really is something there and materialist atheism is false. The other choice is to distrust the human mind. Again you are going down a path that seems simple but has huge consequences. If you can't trust your own mind then how can you know anything? But that is a whole other can of worms.