The burden of proof

A nice short post today…

Occasionally a christian friend has said to me “but you can’t prove that God doesn’t exist” or words to that effect. Usually after they’ve exhausted various other gambits aimed to make me think twice about my non-belief.

The first part of my answer is usually “yep, you’re right”. It’s impossible to prove that something doesn’t exist, after all. But that’s not where the burden of proof lies.

You’re the one who believes in something you can’t see, feel, hear, touch or taste. I don’t. You’re the one with something to prove, not me. So you go ahead and prove that your god exists. Until you do, I’ll just continue to assume it doesn’t, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary.

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