However, this stood out to me.
I'm ashamed to report that I remained a militant village-atheist for many years. It was only in my thirties that I began to read seriously in the philosophy of religion, and to understand the complexities of theological questions. Today, I have come to recognize the cogency of the inference from the contingency of the world to a necessary being. But in saying that, I am, at best, affirming "the God of the philosophers," as Pascal famously put it. I still cannot see my way to believing in "the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." Nevertheless, I find myself in greater personal sympathy with many religious believers than with most atheists.While I can sympathize with him, I have to say... if he believes in the God of the philosophers, an atheist he is not. Maybe he's miscommunicating himself here - say, thinking that there is a necessary being, a non-material being, but nevertheless not God. But if he's affirming the God of the philosophers, no, he's not an atheist. He's just some strange manner of theist. (Strange meaning compared to most of the population.)