Jerry Fogltance is a retired Air Force chaplain and lieutenant colonel. Several weeks ago the Colorado Springs Gazette published his article Disputing the claims of atheism.
He starts by saying it is equally valid to conclude that either God does not exist or does exist given that science has not proven otherwise. He then says we should therefore choose to believe that God exist because the atheist position carries the "greatest risk" if it is wrong.
What is needed here is evidence, not proof. The problem that theism faces is this: The overall available empirical evidence pervasively and strongly supports naturalism while it sparsely and weakly supports supernaturalism. This is not about risk. We have even less evidence that anyone "carries" any divine penalty for what they sincerely believe than we do that there is a deity. Any deity that imposed such a penalty would be an intolerant, nasty, immoral deity who is unworthy of being worshipped. I am no more afraid of offending a god I believe does not exist merely by having the properly justified belief that there are no gods than I am afraid of offending God for not being a Catholic instead of a Protestant, Muslim, Hindu, etc.