Date: July 28, 2019
“Christians…you can never tell whether they’re being dishonest or clueless when they address atheism. They so often seem to make up a version of atheism that doesn’t exist and then attack that strawman.
Worse, they assume that their religion’s burden of proof is some sort of horserace against non-belief…while ignoring other religions as if they don’t exist.
All we can do, I suppose, it try to educate them…but this guy’s comments on his video are, of course, turned off.
Base rule of thumb…
If anyone has approached you with intentions of convincing you of something…it is their burden alone, to substantiate their claim to a convincing degree.
Just because they pull you into all of this, does not mean that you are obliged to disprove their claims.
On the other hand…if an atheist is the one instigating this discussion, or if it is a formal debate on the existence of a god…that is fundamentally different…and an atheist does take on some degree of burden, because they are trying to psychologically alter someone else [who themselves did not, necessarily, ask for the encounter].
A lot of this depends on who is trying to change who.
If you are just there…and somebody else subjectively decides they are going to make you believe in something…you have no obligation whatsoever, to prove them wrong.
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