One of the things I like to do on this blog, is pick apart articles written by apologists, claiming to have evidence for their beliefs or who claim to have questions designed to show atheists like me where we’re wrong or how atheism is somehow an erroneous position. Usually, these articles are just a rehash of claims that have been repeated ad nauseam with little new to offer. This post is in response to an article entitled “5 things atheists can’t prove” on the Inspired Walk website. As expected, it is the same kind of sad affair.


Atheism is a conclusion
Atheism is a conclusion

Right of the bat, the author(?) gets it all wrong. Claiming that “atheism requires faith” and “atheists can’t admit their self-deception that atheism is a faith or belief system”, he or she is already completely mistaken. Atheism is a faith in the same way that bald is a hair color.
Perhaps an example will clear this up once and for all but I’m not holding my breath. Suppose I go to my neighbor and tell him that I’m Batman. Most likely, my neighbor is going to say something like “I don’t believe you.” That reply, that is what atheism is, nothing more.
If you’re going to say that God is real, my answer will be that: “I don’t believe you”. Not believing something does not need faith. Is that finally clear?

I’m afraid not.

Let’s dive into these things that will leave all atheists stumped, out of words and clutching for the nearest Bible, shall we?

1. Atheists cannot prove there is no god

Russell's teapot
Russell’s teapot

Absolutely correct. It is however, completely useless as a refutation of atheism (or anything else). Nothing can be proven to not exist since it is impossible to find evidence of non-existence. It is equally impossible to prove there are no fairies, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or Russell’s teapot. This is a weak attempt to shift the burden of proof. It is not the atheist who needs to disprove God, it’s on the theist to come up with proof for God.
Thing 1: dismissed.

2. Atheists cannot prove that non-life can create life

No, atheists can’t do that. It’s true that science hasn’t worked out exactly how life got started though there are working models and very promising lab results. That doesn’t matter though because theists don’t even have that. All they have is their claim that “God did it”. That is not an explanation at all, it’s simply pretending that a statement such as that is the answer. Like all faith, it’s pretending to know what you can’t know. This is basically the old and tired “God of the gaps” argument, where God is carted in when science doesn’t have a definitive answer. As Neil deGrasse Tyson puts it so well: “If that’s how you want to invoke your evidence for god, then god is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance.

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