But, acceptance in the BB is not required for atheism.<quoted text>
Most atheists claim that the BB caused the universe; especially after 1922 when LeMaitre came up with that theory. Then, what's the
difference between causing itself into existence and never had a beginning? That's the same to me.
At it's core, atheism is simply a lack of belief in a god. My 13 year old son is an atheist. He knows very little about the BB theory. That doesn't make him less of an atheist.
My point to you, is simply this. Your idea that there has to be a god, is built on assumptions. Also, it makes claims that contradict itself. If all things have to have a beginning, than your god has to have a beginning. If you claim that he doesn't, than it is just as easy to say the universe doesn't. If you say the universe must have been caused, I can just as easily insist that your god must have been caused. You offer no other evidence for this god other than "the universe must have had a beginning". It is a weak premise to begin with, and easily falls into a "god of the gaps" category.