|Diamond Lyman -|
As Ayn Rand noted, it is impossible to prove that something does not exist, unless the entity has properties which are contradictory. God is a particularly difficult such case because the properties attributed to God are often ones which are in no way of the natural world about which we have some understanding.
So, I repeat that I am an atheist because it is not the case that I do believe in God. If I were to believe in God, then I would have to have a reason for doing so and I sure would have to have a pretty good idea about what God was. However, when I say that it is not the case that I do believe in God, I am not saying that God does not exist. I am saying that I have no knowledge that God exists. The theist has a heavy burden of proof, while the atheist need not have any such burden of proof. It could be, if the evidence for the existence of God were everywhere around us, that the atheist is a poor observer and has simply missed that evidence. In that case, it would be natural to expect that the theists would be able to point at that evidence and so there would then be few bright atheists. They would see the evidence when it was pointed out to them.
So, I dutifully ask theists to produce rational evidence for the existence of God from time to time. No theist has ever provided me with reasonable evidence in such a case. Consequently, since I have not seen such evidence myself and no good evidence has ever been offered me, I see no reason to believe that God exists. Therefore, I am an atheist.
(Edited by Charles Anderson on 7/23, 10:06pm)
(Edited by Charles Anderson on 7/23, 10:09pm)