I recently found out someone I know is an Atheist. I don't know them well, but it was still a little surprising. I have never really "gotten" Atheism. It seems to me that it is just another form of religion. You have to be really sure (have faith) that there is no God to actively deny His existence. I have heard arguments where Atheists say this isn't faith. They say they rely only on what is quantifiable. What about the stuff that you can't measure, see, or explain? How do you quantify why you like chocolate over vanilla? People tend to act like things they don't understand don't exist. I guess using that logic "particle physics" doesn't exists for me. Faith is just as real as the ground we all walk on, and just like any other principle it can be learned. You need to put time and effort into it just as you would learning so called "Particle Physics" (heavy on the sarcasm). I think it is interesting that even in Biblical times this was made clear. Paul Said in Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Of course even for us that have Faith it is nice to have some concrete confirmation of that faith once in awhile. As I see it Science and Religion are not mutually exclusive, there is a lot of stuff out there that can't be seen or explained, faith handles these quite nicely. For all the stuff that can be quantified, we have science. I think God works through natural laws to bring about his will. He has a greater understanding of how and why this world works than any of us can hope to achieve in this life. The Doctrine and Covenants 93:36 says "The Glory of God is Intelligence"Atheists say religious people need to be more open minded, but it seems to me that the only people that are close minded are the ones who have convinced themselves they already have all the answers. This includes Atheist and Theist alike.