You've defined deities several times as being non-measurable, non-visible, out of our ability to know. I find that quite silly and childish, a very "god of the gaps" style of protecting cherished beliefs.<quoted text>
I'm not disregarding anything. And I didn't define deities.
Evidence-based knowledge cannot allow you to know that the deity does not exist, and that's due to the property of knowledge, not the property of evidence.
If the evidence favors one view, it is a propositional conclusion.
That's not what you offered. You offered a definitive conclusion.
Sure, my statement is in the form of a definitive conclusion b/c it's what I have inferred from the available evidence. I've already agreed with you that atheism is a belief statement - no issues - and I have no issues accepting that my statement "there are no deities" is also a belief statement. And it's one based on all the evidence I can muster from the social sciences and hard sciences.
For me, that outweighs someone's encultured "I just know my religion is real because, well, I grew up in this culture. My religion, mind you, and not theirs - we all, over here, know their religion to be false" argument.