Faith, meaning a belief that is not based on evidence, is something that everybody has to some extend. Including Atheists. Someone may say, they believe nothing, that is based on evidence. Besides the fact that almost everybody believes something that he has never bothered to find evidence for, and may it be the least important thing you can think of, There is the problem, that you would need evidence to proof your evidence is valid, and for that you need evidence as well. You end up in a infinite chain of evidence.
For example you might say, gravity exists, the evidence is, that things fall down. But how do you know they do and it is not just an hallucination? Because everybody experiences the same. Then how you you know that they are not all hallucinating, or that these people are real at all and not just part of the hallucination. So after a while you get to a point, where you have no way to prove, that things are the way they seem to be. So you have faith in reality, or rather, what you believe to be reality.
And if you say, you don't, but instead say you do not know what is real and what not, you still have faith in the idea, that it is possible, that things are different from what you experience.
I consider myself an atheist, and personally? I think faith is needed. Not in some sort of crazy deity in the sky ruling over our lives, or in multiple Gods that are just as bad as humans. Not an oranized religion with moleting priests or promoting the abuse of women. Just... Something. Maybe there are aliens out there. Who knows?
When the child is born ,he or she will look for the care and love to the mother. And the same is happening with life. Every one depend on each other and this develop the faith that there is some one who has produced everything. Atheists believe what ever they see but inside they have some sort of faith after having unanswered question.
I would have to say whether you believe in a creator or not you still are putting your faith (trusting) in something. Some kind of idea or concept that won't lead you astray. In the end it is something that has become true to you through your own life, research and experiences. Atheists must have faith there is no god just like theists must have faith there is a god since you can't scientifically prove the existence or non-existence. For me its god. It honestly would take a lot more faith for me to start believing what school taught me many years ago about scientific theories of how the universe came to be. The day science can tell me exactly how I got here is the day I will eat my own shoe
Every thing requires faith, blind or no. You are always headed toward an unexpected future, your mind braces itself for the usual, but you cannot know that which is coming until it is past or "set in stone" so to speak. Think of it this way, if you are not ever present then you cannot be without faith.
Personally, I think of myself as an atheist, agnostic, free thinker. I don't believe in gods, but I am open to the possibility of science proving the existence of a superior being. When I say free thinker, it means I simply am open to all the possibilities.
I mean, I know it's my opinion and it doesn't apply to all atheists, but I do have some kind of faith in some energy that drives the world, the cosmos, reality. I don't think it's a living being, but rather some sort of force.
It's not proven, thus, it is a faith that I have.
Do they have faith? Well it depends on individuality. Some have, most don't. Most of them live in a materialistic life and there's no need of faith in that context. I don't have faith. Faith is just an gold plated excuse to not to think or reason. We don't have faith, faith is just a silly abstract idea for us
I have debated this (Should Atheism be classified as a religion). Generally Atheists do not have faith or any kind of religious tie. We base our belief around science, fact, discovery and research. You can argue that "some things have not been proven etc." but more things have been discovered that we thought were previously unreachable. Atheism is not a blind faith, it is knowledge.
I'm atheist myself, and I don't believe there's anyone above us. I may believe in myself, that's for sure, I have faith in my family, my friends, even my life... So, if that kind of stuff counts, then yes, we do have some sort of faith afterall. I remember myself believing in God, and didn't actually know in what i was believing in.
I am not saying that it's a good or bad thing, but by definition atheists believe solely in science. I guess you could say that they do have a faith when the believe in certain scientific theories, but scientific theories have to have some factual evidence to be considered theories.
An atheist is someone who doesn't believe in the existence of at least one or more god. There are some circumstances where atheists do have some faith, but that is mainly confined to gnostic atheists. A gnostic atheist is someone who does not believe in the existence of at least one god and claims to know for sure that such a god does not est. The rest of the time, however, the theist has more faith than the atheist does on the subject of the existence of god.
I am an atheist. I used to be a Christian. I did not gain a faith in nothing, I simply lost a faith in something. I conclude based on evidence that evolution took and is taking place and that the world probably began without divine intervention. I gained knowledge of, not faith in, these issues. After all, faith is belief without evidence. It was based on these conclusions that I lost faith in God. I simply don't see anything that causes me to believe. This means I am an atheist. I am also agnostic. This means that I don't think that it is possible to disprove God. One can be both agnostic and theistic (something like deist) or both gnostic and atheistic (knowing 100% that there is no God).