The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #156666 Message #3701216
Posted By: Steve Shaw
11-Apr-15 - 01:22 PM
Thread Name: BS: BBC v. Jeremy Clarkson.
Subject: RE: BS: BBC v. Jeremy Clarkson.
I'm not a Christian but I don't not believe in God. I don't know whether there's a God or not. Not a single Christian, nor anyone else on this planet, knows whether there's a God or not. I don't understand why any rational person allows belief to enter into it. We should all be placing ourselves on a spectrum according to the weight we put on each piece of evidence for or against. Dawkins's spectrum goes from 1 (100% certain that God exists - an irrational position) to 7 (100% certain that God does not exist - equally irrational). Dawkins and I both put ourselves at 6.9. Atheists are atheists because of the sheer lack of evidence that God exists. But we have to leave that tiny margin of 0.1 because, well, you never know when evidence might crop up. We atheists are completely open to new evidence about God. It is vital to understand that lack of evidence is not the same as non-belief. Vital, but seldom understood by God-adherents. I sometimes call the latter believers, because they call themselves that. But that's just irrational. In future, I think I may ask them where they are on that scale.