Believers may unwittingly assume a special burden of proof is on them

Believers may unwittingly assume a special burden of proof is on them, while assuming the atheist has none. The problem here is that every person—atheist, skeptic, or agnostic included—has a worldview with various assumptions about the nature of reality, ethics, knowledge, and life’s meaning. Everyone takes a stance in both theory and practice. How often we meet critics who borrow heavily from a biblical worldview about human dignity and rights, moral responsibility, right and wrong, purpose and meaning in order to sustain their own worldview rooted in purposeless, mindless, valueless, impersonal, material origins! All worldviews make truth claims; therefore, all—not just the Christian faith—stand in need of justification. We can wrongly assume that only the believer has a burden of proof and that the unbeliever does not—that somehow his views escape intellectual scrutiny.

~  Paul Copan, Learn How (Not) To Doubt

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: