In Life of Pi, why does Pi feel that atheists have faith?

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To Pi Patel, an atheist has faith because the atheist either believes that there is no God or he believes that there is no need for a god. Atheists believe that science and reason are the ways to clearly see the world and all that it has in it.

Everything is here and clear, if only we look carefully.

Logic and reason are paramount to an atheist, and this is why Pi sees atheism as just another religious form and type of faith.

It was my first clue that atheists are my brothers and sisters of a different faith, and every word they speak speaks of faith. Like me, they go as far as the legs of reason will carry them—and then they leap.

The way that Pi understands atheism is that an atheist believes that reason and logic can explain everything. It is their worldview, and conceptually, Pi does not see it any differently than the way that other religions believe in their particular worldview.

The above passages can be found in chapter 7, and it is a very interesting section to read. However, I...

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