It had to have a beginning, time couldn't have existed f. o. r. e. v. e. r. That would be an infinite regression.
So how do atheists consider time started?
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Firstly, why would anyone take what any atheist or theist says about time seriously? Or any sort of math or science related things? Do you ask a atheist/theist how to mix paints a certain way for certain types of art? You could, but I'm sure a painter would give a more reliable answer.
That painter could happen to be a atheist/theist, but whichever they are is irrelevant to the question. If I want to know something about math or science I ask people that study it everyday for years and years. Not just one person, many. Atheism/theism is irrelevant to the discoveries they find. They might influence their discoveries, but biased discoveries will most likely be uncovered; It's just a matter of time.
And time is the topic. Time could possibly be a measurement of differences or rate of change. If nothing changes, does time pass? If nothing changes, does anything exist? I don't study this stuff so I have no clue. And most likely, neither does anyone else. No one ever witnessed or measured lack of change or absence of everything. So there is no way to say for sure that change/time started or couldn't have existed forever. There is no way to test those claims, and most scientists wouldn't even consider trying at this point in time.
I'm not sure if I'm answering the question you're asking though. What do you mean by time? What do you mean by a beginning? What do you mean by atheist? Do you find something wrong with infinite regression? If so, can you explain? Or can you rephrase your question to state more specifically what you want answered? Assuming I am answering incorrectly.2
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