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The disagreements concern how the deity has revealed itself in the world.
Atheism is not just an extension of monotheism any more than celibacy is an extension of monogamy.
One slightly annoying feature of New Atheism is the constant claim that believers invoke God as an explanation of the "gaps" in our knowledge of the universe: as we fill in the gaps with more science, God disappears.
Even as thoughtful a man as Lawrence Krauss, a noted physicist, did this just last month on British radio following new evidence of the earliest moments of the Big Bang.
That might be Richard Dawkins' preferred definition—except when he was publicly asked by Oxford's Professor John Lennox whether he had "faith" in his lovely wife—but it is important to know that in theology "faith" always means God—have faith in him—in the sense meant in theology.
Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss have done a disservice to atheism by talking as though Six-Day Creationism is the default Christian conviction.
From the earliest centuries many of the greats of Judaism (e.g., Philo and Maimonides) and Christianity (e.g., Clement, Ambrose, and Augustine) taught that the "six days" of Genesis are a literary device, not a marker of time.
I don't just mean that anyone who dips into Christian history will discover that the violence of Christendom is dwarfed by the bloodshed of non-religious and irreligious conflicts.
I mean that those who find themselves, or their loved ones, in genuine need in almost any country in the Western world are very, very likely to become the beneficiaries of direct and indirect Christian compassion.
But serious theists have always leaned on philosophical, theological, and personal arguments for God, instead of proposing a God-of-the-gaps.
They've also welcomed explanations of the mechanics of the universe as further indications of the rational order of reality, and therefore of the presence of a Mind behind reality.