Discussion what atheism is?
Atheist: I do not have to give any justification that your God does not exist. It is you, faith-headed people who bear the burden of proof.
Christian: Why do you think atheist are not to shoulder the burden of proof?
Atheist: Because atheism is the absence of belief – there is no evidence or reason to accept claims for a god. Atheism is not a belief in no gods, atheism is a rejection of beliefs in gods.
Christian: So you mean atheism is not “a belief that there is no God”, but simply “no belief there is a God”?
Atheist: Yes. One can not give evidence for a non-belief in unicorns, fairy creatures or a God/gods. 🙂
Christian: Is this not a re-definition of the term “atheism”, a way to avoid the burden of proof?
Atheist: What do you mean?
Christian: Well, in that re-definition, atheism is not a view but mere psychological state which is shared by people who hold various views or no view at all.
Atheist: I am not following your reasoning!
Christian: If atheism is a “no belief in God”, then it not a view. Babies, mental handicaps, and animals(assuming they do not have a belief in God) are then atheists.
Atheist: But that is what atheism is? We are only expressing non-belief, nothing more, nothing-less.
Christian: That is untrue. Atheism does not merely mean no believe in God, but a belief there is no God. It involves both “not believing that there is a God” and “believing that there is no God.”
Atheist: No! Atheism involves only not believing there is a God, full stop.
Christian: Re-defining words to avoid the burden of proof would not work, because if that is all atheism involves, then it stops to be a view.
Atheist: So what, if it not a view?
Christian: So I think you’re still required to give a justification in order to know that God does not exist. Atheism is more than a non-belief there is God. You hold a view that involves a belief that there is no God.
Atheist: I still do not agree!
Christian: I know!But you and I my friend, still need to answer the question, Is there a God or not?
N.B: Christian view has a good philosophical and historical grounds that There is God. See The Existence of God on your upper right 🙂
Book To Read: There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind by Antony Flew