Thursday, 14 October 2010
Reply to Peter S. Williams
I see that Nathan says on his blog that "the burden of proof always lies with the person proposing the idea." The idea that God does not exist, and the idea that metaphysical naturalism is true, are just as much ideas as the idea that God does exist or that metaphysical naturalism is false - according to Nathan's own way of defining the burden of proof, then, he cannot escape shouldering such a burden. If anyone lacks such a burden, perhaps it is the soft agnostic - but one might also argue that since a belief in God is a widespread, natural human tendency supported by a prima facie interpretation of many people's experience of the world as well as their specific religious experience - the burden of proof is more properly upon the atheist than the theist.