Thursday, May 16, 2013
Absence of evidence IS evidence of absence
One of the most common refrains of religious apologists is "absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." In other words, the fact that we have no evidence of God's existence has absolutely no bearing on whether he exists. This is simply not true. The reverse can be demonstrated mathematically, as outlined in the following video:
What is true is that absence of evidence is not conclusive proof that something doesn't exist. However, any rational person knows that it is impossible to prove the negative. Religious apologists submit this as a straw man argument that no atheist to my knowledge has ever made.