Posted: Oct 07, 2010 11:00 pm
by Paul Almond
Sityl wrote:It's similar to saying "I'm not going to win the lottery 100,000 times in a row."

Sure, there's a chance, but come on.

But saying it because it's easier to say or because it very most likely, is different than claiming to have definitive proof that no possible god could exist.

Should there ever arrive a way to prove that there is no god, I'm sure the believers would just shift the goalposts again, as they've been doing for thousands of years.

But saying "There is no god" or "I know there is no god" does not necessarily imply a claim of proof: When we are very, very confident about something, normal language means we don't bother to qualify statements with the "residual" uncertainty. If we had to do that, we would have to qualify everything we said.