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I don't think the author is saying that one has to first believe in a god before one can be atheist. Rather, he's saying that to affirmatively believe that no god exists, one has to have the mental capacity to be aware of the concept of god. In other words, before one can say "I believe that god does not exist," one has to be able to: i) be aware that things exist or don't exist; and ii) generally have an idea of what the term "god" might embrace.

But this is where they go wrong.
Atheists do not "believe" yada yada pertaining to God.
Atheists have a LACK of belief when it comes to God.
There is a big difference.
I know it sounds like semantics - but it isn't.
There is a difference between believing something - whatever that something might be - and a lack of belief in that something.

So all people come into this world with a lack of belief about ANYTHING. They have to be taught - or learn through their own experiences - before they can believe something.

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