Amazon.com Widgets
  • Atheists carry as much responsibility as Christians, depending on the situation.

    Atheists have an equal responsibility of evidence as a Christian does.It simply depends on the situation. If the Christian is trying to convince the Atheist to change his/her point of view, then the burden of evidence rests on the Christian. If the Atheists is the one doing the persuading, then they must present the evidence. This is not to say, of course, that the one being convinced is absolved of all responsibility concerning presentation of evidence, only that the responsibility is less. And both Christians and Atheists have good arguments and supporting evidence, though one is better than the other.

  • Yes, as Atheism is based on a lack of proof which in itself is not evidence of a lack of a God.

    Like religion, Atheism is based on faith. And like religion and anything else that is based on faith, atheists carry the burden of having to prove what they believe.

    Just because there is no proof that a God does exist doesn't mean that that is proof that a God does to exist. Logically and rationally I suppose you could take it this way, which is what atheists (or at least some do), but in speaking in a truly logical sense atheism is based just as much on faith as belief in a religion is.

    Neither have actual irrefutable proof that their belief that a higher power/force/entity (or a God as I will refer to out of laziness, though I do acknowledge not all religions believe in an entity as such) does or does not exist. They both ignore the fact that there is no proof supporting their arguments.

    Theists believe that because there is no proof a God does not exist, a God must be able to exist. (Possibly among other things).

    Atheists believe that because there is no proof that a God does exists, a God must not be able to exist/must not exist.

    Like atheism takes an, at least sort of, rational approach in that a lack of evidence means that something does not exist, it is entirely rational of theists to believe that a lack of evidence about something not existing means that it exists.

    Speaking from a logical sense, both are based on faith that lack of proof one way or another is irrefutable evidence, gives support and is proof of their own arguments and beliefs. As such, both then must bear the burden of proving that what they believe (their faith) is right outside of this lack of evidence, for lack of evidence (whatever way it points) is not evidence in itself. All it means is that they are both theories (like in science) that have neither been proven or disproven and as such are as equally possible and impossible as each other.

    So yes, Atheists carry the burden of proof and the need to prove their faith.

  • Who made the claim?

    The burden of proof rests with the person making the claim, regardless of whether or not that claim is positive or negative. Take for instance the claim that there is no largest prime. Can I make that assertion and not provide evidence?

    Now take the assertion: there are infinitely many primes. This is a positive assertion and so I must support it with evidence, right? But I can simply restate it as "there is no largest prime."

  • A Burden of Proof Is Required For Any Claim, Positive or Negative

    Any position that one takes can be stated in both positive and negative terms. Theists' core proposition, in positive form, is "God exists." Atheists' core proposition, in positive form, is "God does not exist." Theists can state their position by claiming disbelief in the negation of their core proposition, like this: "We do not believe that God does not exist." Atheists can, and usually do, state their position in this way. However, both sides bear a burden of proof.

    In a formal debate setting, the positive claimant for the proposition in question is said to bear the burden of proof, because that side is "bringing the issue to the table" so to speak. Note that the proposition in question for a debate can be a negative or positive proposition.

    Outside of formal debate conventions, however, the one-sided burden of proof does not actually apply. Any position of any type, in order to be properly considered rational or reasonable, must in fact be supported by evidence and arguments.

    We know this intuitively whenever we find ourselves in a position where we are trying to win someone over to our point of view. In order to convince someone of your point of view, you automatically begin giving reasons why your point of view is valid, and usually reasons why alternative points of view are invalid. You are automatically assuming a burden of proof because you are trying to shift someone else's point of view over to yours.

    When atheists say they have no burden of proof to establish their position on the question of God, what they are really doing is trying to argue that atheism is some sort of "default" or "neutral" viewpoint for humans, and so we all ought to be atheists unless and until the existence of God is proven to be probable. This assumption of neutrality, however, is philosophically controversial, and the ironic reality is that the atheists now have a burden of proof to establish this new claim about the supposed "natural neutrality" of an atheist viewpoint.

  • Use the Scientific Method

    The burden is on the atheist and must then prove the origin of life on earth. This must be observable proof as they would ask the theist to provide according to the scientific method. Want to stump a so-called atheist? Just ask them how life originated on this planet. Their answer will mirror faith of those in God.

  • "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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Atheists carry as much responsibility as Christians, depending on the situation.

    Atheists have an equal responsibility of evidence as a Christian does.It simply depends on the situation. If the Christian is trying to convince the Atheist to change his/her point of view, then the burden of evidence rests on the Christian. If the Atheists is the one doing the persuading, then they must present the evidence. This is not to say, of course, that the one being convinced is absolved of all responsibility concerning presentation of evidence, only that the responsibility is less. And both Christians and Atheists have good arguments and supporting evidence, though one is better than the other.

  • 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.


Leave a comment...
(Maximum 900 words)
Quan says2013-07-11T17:11:52.527
You don't have to prove the null hypothesis; you have to disprove it.