I don't like...I DON'T LIKE THIS!! Mar 11, 2008 18:19:38 GMT -4
Post by Jason on Mar 11, 2008 18:19:38 GMT -4
I see his point. I'm just arguing that he overstated it.
admin said:I think I understand why Jason is having a hard time seeing your point.
The fact that we do not currently have any evidence of God's existence does not mean the evidence does not exist, it just means we haven't found it. It's the same mistake Bill Thompson was making in the SETI debate.
It's impossible to say "we know there is no other intelligent species in this universe because if there were we know they would be here right now."
It's not possible to prove that there are no other intelligent species in the universe without having visited every inch of the universe ourselves, and even then we might have missed them.
The existence of alien intelligence can only be proven if we find it. We can't disprove it.
Essentially correct. If wdmundt were saying "I haven't ever encountered what I would consider convincing evidence that God exists," I would have no argument. What he has been saying, however, is "there is no evidence that God exists," which he can't possibly know or ever confirm.
A better way to phrase what you're trying to say might be "there is no known evidence for God's existence" or "no evidence has been presented so far." But saying "there is no evidence" is very different than saying "there is no evidence that we are aware of."