Christians believe, and the Bible says, that Creator God (who is Spirit) brought everything material into existence out of nothing.
The Standard Big Bang Model says that everything material came into existence out of nothing, but the model doesn't / can’t yet say Why or How.
Atheists do not believe in God but they do believe in and trust the scientific model of inquiry - or so they say when it suits their argument :-)
If the BB model is correct, then atheists believe or at least accept that everything came from nothing by nothing.
Of course atheists don’t say this explicitly but it's implicit in the following atheist beliefs:
. No God exists - Do atheists say this or not?
. Nothing Supernatural exists - Do atheists say this or not?
. I only accept what has been determined by science - Do atheists say this or not?
What has been determined by science? The best evidence to date (back ground radiation, 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, expanding universe etc. etc) points to:
. Standard Model: Everything existed after the Singularity - 1st Law of Thermodynamics.
. Standard Model: Nothing existed prior to the Singularity; no space, no time, no energy, no matter, no laws of physics.
. Consistently Observed: Nothing begins to exist without an external cause (You, me, machines, buildings, clothes, art, music, galaxies, stars, the universe, even your little brown turds). Everything that begins to exist has a cause that is external to itself.
. Scientifically Obvious: The universe began to exist.
Most atheists accept that the universe contains everything material that exists.
Most atheists accept that anything that begins to exist has a cause. Even Hume wouldn't say something so stupid as that something can begin to exist without a cause.
If just before Everything material existed, Nothing material existed, and if everything that begins to exist has an external cause, then atheists are saying that Nothing caused Everything to come into being.
Now, how is that a Straw Man? OR is there something that atheists believe that is being left unspoken? And if so, what?