Read the transcript or listen here in podcast #13 where Michael continues discussing the burden of proof issue in debates about God’s existence. Atheists typically claim that “We aren’t saying God does not exist – we are merely lacking a belief that God does exist.” This statement requires significant clarification. Is it an accurate claim about the way things are or is it just a debating strategy to avoid shouldering any burden of proof. Michael asks the atheist, “Do you also happen to lack the belief that God does not exist?” Michael then considers the implications.
Read the transcript or listen here in podcast #12 where Michael continues the discussion about the burden of proof by sharing what Paul Chamberlain wrote about this issue after a debate. Paul argues that all truth claims come with a burden of proof. Both Paul and Michael then argue that analogies to clearly fictional characters are fallacious.
Michael discusses the typical atheist strategy of holding the case for God’s existence to a unreasonably high standard of proof, absolute certainty, while denying that the atheist has any burden of proof at all.
Read the transcript or listen here in podcast #10 where Michael discusses: the problem of moral dilemmas and how they affect people’s view of relativism or absolutism. The point is, you don’t have to be a moral relativist to avoid moral dilemmas.