The burden of proof – Tweet of the day
05 Saturday Mar 2011
Well, you, my Twitter friend, must know all too well the way our theist friends are continuously asking of us to prove god’s non-existence, so my response to one of those requests got retweeted like forever:
I don’t have to prove that god doesn’t exist. However, show me how you would prove Zeus and Ra don’t exist, & I’ll use your method. #atheism
— Monica Salcedo (@Monicks) März 5, 2011
Like always, this is the original Twitter link.
Someone pointed me to Ricky Gervais’ response to this claim:
❝It annoys me that the burden of proof is on us. It should be: “You came up with the idea. Why do you believe it?” I could tell you I’ve got superpowers, but you can’t go up to people saying “Prove I can’t fly.” They’d go: “What do you mean ‘Prove you can’t fly’? Prove you can!”❞
Ricky is right, but I would go a little bit further, and if someone told me “prove I can’t fly”, I would go and push them off a cliff. Err.. no, no, I wouldn’t. Of course it is a totally hypothetical situation – I wouldn’t push anyone off a cliff. I promise! Geez!
The thing is I totally could prove that someone cannot fly, see? That’s the point. I could prove it! Well, not to him, though. But I’m sure you get the idea.
So Ricky’s is a nice, clever response, but in my opinion, doesn’t really meet the god’s non-existence kind of proof standard.
Have you come up with a better answer for this request? Tell us down here in the comments. I’m dying to hear your responses.