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The Burden of Proof is on You

Believers often ask me to prove to them that God does not exist.  The only evidence that I can offer is that there is no evidence.  Now, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, so just by saying that there is no convincing evidence that there isn’t a god doesn’t mean that there isn’t.

The real issue here is that I don’t have to prove anything.  The onus is on the believer to prove that their god does exists.  Most believers don’t see it this way.  I could spend hours, and many a scientist, and atheist has, trying to explain how the scientific method and the rules of logic work to believers, but I’d get nowhere.  They usually just don’t get it.  It is for this reason that I have refused to try to tackle this issue of proving the non-existence of god, or anything else for that matter.

So, you may ask, why am I addressing this issue now?  Because I found a lovely illustration that does one of the best jobs of showing why I don’t have to prove the nonexistence of god, and  believers do.

Invesible_Pink_Unicorn_by_BeautifullyChaotic

By Shelly Rau at http://beautifullychaotic.deviantart.com/

Nuf said.

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November 17, 2011 - Posted by | Religion, Science | , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Just caught your blog. This topic is a long drawn out one with both sides remaining firm in their beliefs. I’m usually between the religious and the atheists as I believe that there is a God of some sort but don’t believe that this being created all the rules and rituals dedicated to said deity.

    I can’t prove a thing. it’s been my observation that both groups want to prove they’re right but the religious more so to defend the horrific things that had happened in the name of their deity.

    I recently blogged about two books ‘God is not Great’ and ‘Have a Little Fatih’. They are as opposite as you could get but provide an insight into how the other thinks.

    If you are an atheist and want to explain why you don’t believe in God or any religion for that matter, give the religious ‘God is not Great’. it takes its proof out of history to modern times about how religion has affected human civilization.

    Does God or any God for that matter exist? Personally I don’t really care as long as we as humans can learn to help each other instead of finding new and creative ways to inflict pain and misery upon ourselves. That’s all I ever ask for.

    Thanks for posting.

    Comment by postitwright | November 17, 2011 | Reply

  2. I don’t know many Christians that would say, “you need to prove that God does not exist.” That seems to be dumb. If that is the response you “often” get I’d suggest you find different people to discuss this topic with.

    You talk about “rules of logic”. Are the laws of logic unchanging? Are they immaterial? Are they absolutley true? If so, how to you account for them?

    Travis (anotherchristianblog.org)

    Comment by AnotherChristianBlog | November 17, 2011 | Reply

  3. Travis, how do you account for your God?

    Comment by AW | January 2, 2013 | Reply


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