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  • Depends what you mean

    If you are an atheist, and you say "there is no God", the burden of proof is equally on you and the person who claims there is. However, if you say "your version of God is false", it is up to the theist to provide evidence that their version is true.
    When a specific claim is made, it is up to the claimant to prove what they said true, but if two people claim opposite sides of a broad issue, the burden of proof is equally on each.

  • Atheism is an ism

    From Greek: A is without; theos is god. Atheism is not "I don't know," that's agnosticism (again, Greek: A is still without; gnostos is knowledge). Atheists affirmatively say there is not a god (or God, depending on your opinions about capitalization, or gods if you are Hindu). It is one among the many isms that proclaims to affirmatively know the answer and, as such, bears the burden of proving that answer is the correct "one" among the, literally, infinite number of possible answers.

    Not much different from saying "there is one answer and it is the Flying Spaghetti Monster" in my book.

  • Unless You Like Injustice

    Biased much? Lacking a burden for proof is too convenient for atheists. Are atheists the only group immune to this, or are they a specific version of a generic rule that respondents to a claim have no obligation to contribute? There had better be, or this is cheating, an unfair advantage.

  • Only people who have no viewpoint, need no proof

    If a biologist comes along and says: "Unicorns most probably do not exist", he needs no proof. The reason he says 'most probably' is because in these four-thousand years that man has observed the earth, no-one has really found proper evidence for their existence. But that should not mean that in the years coming, no-one does.

    Monotheists indeed need the most proof, but an atheist, who says: "There can in no way be anything like God", has a burden of proof as well. Because all truths are born from facts, and facts are only facts if they have evidence to support them.

  • Yes they do.

    Atheism, like religion, makes a claim. Therefore, in order to be taken seriously, it must provide evidence and proof of its claims.

    To say otherwise makes Atheism no different and no better than religion in this regard. It is being asked to be given special treatment without having earned it.

  • Absolutely! If you claim it, you carry it.

    The burden of proof rests on the one making a claim, whether than claim is positive or negative!

    If someone makes the argument that God DOESN'T exist, the burden of proof lies with them to prove it, just as a theist has the burden of proof when it comes to proving the existence of God.

    If a theist claims that God exists, the atheist is well within his rights to demand proof without needing to provide evidence to the contrary. If the theist can't deliver to the atheist's standards (most likely falsifiable, physical, empirically-based evidence), then they part their separate ways.

    If an atheist asserts the NON-existence of God, then the theist is well within his rights to demand proof without needing to provide evidence to the contrary. If the atheist can't deliver to the theist's standards, then they part their separate ways.

    Finally, if both atheist and theist enter into a debate about whether God exists, then BOTH must provide sufficient evidence for their position, while also refuting the other position.

    The fundamental difference between the first two scenarios and the last is that in the first two, only ONE person is making an assertion. The other is refuting the opponent's position but not asserting a position themselves. In the third scenario, both people assert opposing positions, and therefore each have the burden of proof.

    The atheist can't say "God DOESN'T exist! Now prove me wrong!"
    That is just absurd and intellectually dishonest.

  • Yes Atheists also Carry Burden of Proof.

    In (almost) all instances, the burden of proof lies with the party making the assertion, whatever that assertion is.
    Claim "there is a God," and you can be asked to support that belief. The reason is because you'd need proof evidence God exists does itself exist.
    Claim, "there is no God," and you can be asked to support that belief. The reason is because you'd need omniscience to be able to prove no evidence exists. Then some Smart Alec might come along an provide evidence for God, and prove the statement there is no God wrong.
    Claim, "we cannot know if there is a God or not, because there is no evidence either way," and you can be asked to support that belief. The reason is because you'd need omniscience to be able to prove no evidence exists. The alternative is you lack the ability to recognize evidence for God's existence, or lack the ability to make a decision based on the evidence.

  • Atheists claim there is no God... They must prove that

    In (almost) all instances, the burden of proof lies with the party making the assertion, whatever that assertion is.
    Claim "there is a God," and you can be asked to support that belief. The reason is because you'd need proof evidence God exists does itself exist.
    Claim, "there is no God," and you can be asked to support that belief. The reason is because you'd need omniscience to be able to prove no evidence exists. Then some Smart Alec might come along an provide evidence for God, and prove the statement there is no God wrong.
    Claim, "we cannot know if there is a God or not, because there is no evidence either way," and you can be asked to support that belief. The reason is because you'd need omniscience to be able to prove no evidence exists. The alternative is you lack the ability to recognize evidence for God's existence, or lack the ability to make a decision based on the evidence.

  • Isn't this exactly the definition of an Agnostic?

    Ag·nos·tic agˈnästik noun
    1. A person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.

    Many Atheists I have discussed this topic with say that since Theists "made the claim first" that the onus is on them to "Prove It" whereas they don't have too. What a cop out, sounds kind of like playground-ish logic to me. Atheists are also making a claim - that God does not exist - therefore both sides should be able to prove their claim

  • "God Does Not Exist" is a claim that requires

    By the rules of logic those who assert must prove. In a persuasion dialogue if an atheist and theist are trying to convince the other that their thesis is true, then both have a positive burden of proof. Atheist claim they reject the theist assertion, but in reality they make a positive assertion on the opposite side of the same debate. If one claims that "God does not exist", they require evidence as to how they came to that conclusion. Rejecting a Burden of Proof while holding to a conclusion, and lacking evidence to support this conclusion, is a textbook example in which the asserter commits the logical fallacy of Begging the Question.

  • Of course not

    Atheists believe in facts, so what we do believe in has already been proven. Religious people can't say " well you can't disprove my God, therefore he exists." A famous atheist once said " I can't go up to people and say ' Prove that I can't fly', they'd go ' what do you mean prove you can't fly? Prove that you can!'" That is exactly the same thing. We've already proven what we believe in, now it's time for you to try and prove what you believe in... Without using the word faith.

  • Burden of Proof is on the Positive Claimant.

    Atheists are not making a claim- they are rejecting the claims of theists as unsupported. In any argument, the person making the positive claim has the burden of proof, and this would be the theist. It is also logically impossible to prove universal nonexistence, so claiming an atheist should have to prove no gods exist is just silly.
    After all, if I claim I have an invisible, intangible dragon in my garage, I must prove it- it is not on the person calling "BS" to disprove my claim.

  • Why should they?

    Assuming that you want them to back it up you should hold religion to the same standards. Because frankly theres no proof there is a god. But on the flip side there is no proof there is not a god. Athiests can claim to be able to back it up with the science of the creation of the Universe, while religions have nothing but books of fables and potato chips bearing the blurred image of the virgin mary.

  • We are not making a claim, so no.

    To claim that there is a god is a claim. It requires evidence, convincing arguments, or proof to be validated. The atheistic stance is saying "I am not convinced by what you have put forth." This is not a claim, it is a rejection of a claim and therefore, atheists do not hold any burden of proof.

  • People making an assertion carries it

    Atheists do not carry any burden of proof because not believing in a deity is the default position. The one making the claim, in this case the person claiming there is a god, will have to convince and/or prove to the one receiving the claim and information that there is a god.

  • Not our job

    The burden of proof leis with religion, they first came up with the story that god existed so before atheists should prove he doesn't exists religious people first have to prove he doesn't, it's like saying ''the sky is made out of shit! Prove me wrong!'' no, you should prove YOURSELF right first otherwise it's just random bullshit

  • Of course not. That's Christians.

    Out proof that God does not exist, is that Christians have no proof that he DOES exist. Christians; you don't believe in elves and Santa Clause and the tooth fairy or fairies overall. (I hope you don't, for your own good sake). Can you prove that they don't exist? No. Well, you can, actually: There is no evidence that those things do, indeed, exist. Therefore, we cannot say that they do.

  • Atheism is not believing in god.

    You do not need faith to be atheist, that's just retarded. You just need to ignore people whose logic comes from a book. This book is called the "Bible". Also when people say "I believe in God", which god? Which is the real "God"? I'm not asking for proof, since you can't prove it anyways. I like to ask for logic. The fact that some idiots to the left believe you need faith or to prove their faith with evidence is a "Burden". Actually, they(atheist) don't even focus on faith. All you need is a little bit of reality and check.

  • A claim is needed before evidence is.

    Atheism is an absence of belief, not belief in an absence. Atheists make no claim that there is no god, they just don't believe in one, because there is no evidence for a god.

    Atheists make no claim as to whether or not a god exists, so they do not need proof. Proof is needed to back up claims, but atheists don't make a claim, and therefore don't need proof.

  • Not a positive claim

    The confusion lies in the way Atheist is defined. An Atheist that defines themselves as "I do not believe in a god" does not require proof for their belief, however the Atheist that says "there is/are no god(s)" DOES require proof. Since Atheism is simply defined as "a lack of a belief in a god", no, "Atheists" in the simplest term do not require a burden of proof.


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Quan says2013-07-11T17:11:52.527
You don't have to prove the null hypothesis; you have to disprove it.