No. I believe that if someone believes in God, they have to know something about what, and why they believe. They must be able to give a solid reason why it is they believe as opposed to not believe. Believing in something cannot mean you bring the thing into existence. That would mean one could not actually believe in that thing, despite asserting they do. If one inadvertently, due to false information, or lack of comprehension, or understanding, actually believe in something, then one can learn of this, as one learns more about what it is they believe. I think you are confused about what belief is. You seem to think of as some kind of dogmatism. Where the person, once they believe, is locked into it. Was there ever a point where you believed Peter Pan could fly? Was there ever a time when you believed the descriptions and stories about God? If the answer is yes, why did you believe? Not. If Wendy believes that the shadow belongs to Peter Pan, she will have a reason why. So at some point Wendy will come to to understand the Peter Pan is a fictitious character. Atheists who claim to have been theist at some point, are in the same position as Wendy. They read the descriptions and stories about God, they accepted what was told to them. They had no belief, or connection to God, but accepted what they were told by certain authorities. They thought they believed in God, because they did what asked of them, and they studied the Bible. But after a while, with the rise of scientific advancement, and the new atheist uprising, they began to realise that there is no God. That it's all indoctrination, blah blah blah! The reality is, they were without God, just like the biblical Cain was without God, despite his elaborate offers. They were always atheist, and they came to that understanding, the way Wendy will come to that understanding. One just doesn't believe something, and belief isn't fixed. One can, and does modify one's belief with the introduction of new information, knowledge, and experience. The natural aim of belief is to come to the point of knowledge. We have to first be true to ourselves before we can make such progress. Without awareness, we are dead. I believe that all living things have some sort of awareness, which is suitable to the limitations of their bodies. I don't think life lies. There is no reason for me to think you are making up the idea that you are atheist. Similarly I don't believe there is any reason to think someone makes up the idea that they are theist. So this is why I'm interested in why there are theists and atheists. Jan.