Posted: Oct 07, 2010 10:56 pm
by Paul Almond
LIFE wrote:
Paul Almond wrote:
LIFE wrote:I mean I've never heard an atheist say "I know there is no god", I only hear this coming from theists claiming atheists are "wrong".

I say it all the time.


Deriving it from common sense? Or what do you mean when you say it?


Some ideas of God are incoherent, so they don't even get to be wrong. I am assuming, here, that we are starting with a reasonably coherent idea of God.

I mean that I view the existence of God as so unlikely, that while I am not absolutely certain that God does not exist, my degree of confidence in the non-existence of God easily matches or exceeds the degree of confidence I have about other things which, using normal, everyday semantics, I would claim to know about and would describe using the language of certainty, without probabilistic qualifications. I base this on the hyper-extreme nature of the claim and the lack of evidence needed to support such an extreme claim.