In the comments section, New Atheist Stardusty Pysche taunts me into providing evidence for the existence of God:
you cannot state what your supposed evidence is, so you only dance around the subject with endless excuses as to why you don’t simply state it.
What’s the matter, cat got your tongue?
Yet when Dusty was asked what type of data he would count as evidence for God, he replied:
I think there are potential demonstrations that could be analyzed to find that they violate the fundamental behaviors of the material universe, for example creating something from nothing, traveling both back and forward in time at will, making something be both true and untrue at the same time.
In other words, a Gap – something that could not possibly be explained by natural laws. The evidence Dusty needs is a powerful, undeniable Gap. His atheism is built on god-of-the-gaps logic in that it entails the acceptance of Gaps as evidence for God. Yet like all New Atheists, Dusty rejects the god-of-the-gaps logic as valid.
All that New Atheist talk about there being no evidence for god is nothing more than the Gnu insisting there isn’t a gappy enough Gap for him/her. Look, if I provided Dusty with a gap, he would complain about god-of-the-gaps. If I provided him with something that is not a gap, he’d complain that it’s not a gap and thus there is no need to invoke God. This is a classic example of the “heads I win, tails you lose” con.
Dusty and the Gnus don’t understand the subjective dimension to evidence.
Look, it’s clear to me that Dusty has a closed-mind about the issue of God’s existence (a common trait of New Atheists). His hyper-skepticism thus functions as a shield for this closed mind. What’s more, he thinks the God of the Bible is a monster. Thus, it would only make sense that he doesn’t want God to exist. For who would want such a Monster to exist? It’s important to understand his mindset as he “evalulates” the “evidence” for God. When you are dealing with someone who is so closed-minded about God and who doesn’t want God to exist, he is going to need something that will force/compel him to acknowledge any such evidence exists. And sure enough, he does. The only thing he will count as evidence for the existence of God is some Earth-Shattering Gap – some supernatural display of power that cannot ever possibly be explained by natural causes. He needs such shocking and mind-numbing events as “evidence” because he needs something to blow his closed-mind open. But even then, being existentially threatened by the possibility that an Omnipotent Monster exists, the hyper-skepticism will kick into overdrive in an intense effort to return to the comfort of his closed-mind –
“Depends how you define god. If a person in real time demonstrates an ability to perform an act then that is evidence that person has the power to perform that act. It does not mean that person is omnipotent, omniscient, all loving, perfectly moral, eternal, or other such attributes commonly ascribed to god.”
What Dusty does not understand is that most of us here do not share his closed-mind or his perception that God is a monster. As such, we do not require such shocking, forceful events as “evidence.” We don’t require that every detail about God’s existence must be proved. But because of Dusty’s mindset, he cannot contemplate our evidence as evidence because it fails to be powerful enough to blow up his mind that is bolted and nailed shut.
Look, what Dusty brings to the table is a ham-handed, binary viewpoint that insists God’s existence entails Dusty has an experience with Earth-Shattering Gaps. Thus, no Gap, no God. But the rest of us occupy the great expanse of middle ground between his extreme choices (Undeniable Gap vs. No God). In this middle realm, there is room for clues. There is room for hunches. There is room for ambiguity and uncertainty. There is room to acknowledge God as a plausible, even “more plausible” explanation. There is room to take all the clues and come up with the explanation that seems most reasonable to each person. But Dusty cannot intellectually participate in such exploration, because anything less than a Undeniable Gap is flushed. As a New Atheist, Dusty is completely invested in defending and maintaining the core talking point of New Atheist activism – “there is no evidence for god!” To stray from that message would be to betray the Cause.