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Top 100 Atheist Challenges

Obviously, there is a distinction between “not believing” and “believing not.” It is certainly legitimate for atheism to be characterized as a mere ‘lack of belief’, rather than a positive assertion. I lack belief in God. The burden of proof is on you.

Folks in the Amazon jungle obviously do not believe that the Christian God exists, but neither can they be said to believe that such a God does not exist, since they lack the concept of such a God to begin with.  Because of this, it is certainly legitimate for atheism to be characterized as a mere lack of belief, rather than a positive assertion…isn’t it?


The case of someone in the Amazon is not relevant to an atheist writing in to a website, however.  Obviously, the atheist in question has knowledge of the concept of the Christian God, and therefore even the mere lack of belief is open to scrutiny. More to the point, I am happy to let the atheists define themselves as they wish.  But if they are going to say there is no evidence for the existence of God or that lack of belief would be justified in the absence of evidence, these are themselves assertions that require argument if the atheist wishes to be taken seriously.