Modern day atheism is built on a simple claim – There is no evidence that God exists. But how does the atheist know this? It’s one thing to claim, “I don’t see any evidence for God” or “What you consider evidence for God is not what I consider evidence for God.” But to proclaim “There is no evidence for God” is to make a truth claim about all of objective reality – wherever you look, whoever you are, how ever hard you look, you will not find any evidence for God. Because “there is no evidence” to be found. And that’s supposed to be true for all of us.
Yet this is nothing more than empty posturing. We’ve seen how easy it to completely neuter this claim – simply ask the atheist what would count as evidence for God. After all, when the atheist insists “There is no evidence for God,” this question is a perfectly legitimate way to get the atheist to clarify what he is saying.
And what have we found? First, many atheists will point to some miraculous event, perhaps writing in the stars. In other words, some event that could not possibly be explained by natural causes; something that would present itself as a Gap in our current understanding by natural causes. But if that is the case, those events could only be evidence if we agreed that the God of the Gaps approach is a valid and legitimate way of determining whether God exists. If we are to count a Gap as evidence, we necessarily assume the validity of the God of the Gaps logic. Yet atheists everywhere have insisted that the God of the Gaps approach is NOT a valid approach. Thus, all these examples of miracles that would supposedly count as evidence for God truly would not count as evidence for God as far as the atheist is concerned. The atheist is engaged in deceptive hand-waving.
The honest approach is for the atheist to admit that nothing would count as evidence for the existence of God. But then the atheist is simply admitting his/her closed mind and the pronouncement that “There is no evidence for God” becomes vacuous. If nothing can count as evidence for the existence of God, then of course the atheist is going to believe there is no evidence for God. How could it be otherwise?
Not wanting to be seen as closed-minded dogmatists, some atheists have been looking for an escape hatch. Atheist activist Matt Dillahunty offers up one such attempt that I have seen elsewhere. Since he takes over 27 minutes to make a two minute point, I’ll focus you to 26:16 in the video: