Originally posted by Starrman
Originally posted by Darfius
Once again dj2becker, you seem to be forgetting that every man doesn't know everything and that not even all men as a collective unit know everything. Yet somehow you seem to offer this up as proof for something else.
Do you even know what the word proof means, pray tell? It seems neither becker nor any Christian presents it to you can sway your pre-set stance that God doesn't exist.
Darfius, when have you ever presented proof to me of god's existence? You have offered evidence to support your theory, but not once have you shown me proof.
A lack of something is not proof that something else exists. Null hypothesis is required to turn the statement around and eliminate possibilities. Therefore we could say, I have something I think exists, so I shall present a null hypothesis which I shall attempt to disprove. If I manage to disprove it then I can say that it was wrong and as such be assured that my original statement is correct.
So if you were in an apartment with two roommates, and you find your favorite shirt missing, and you ask one if he took it, and he replies 'No', you would not take that as proof the other did? Or would you throw your hands up and be prepared to thoroughly investigate the other 6.5 billion people in the world to find your missing shirt?
No, I would take it as evidence for the possibility that the other took it, but not proof. The proof would be if it was found in his possession. Once again you seem to misunderstand the concept of proof.
You, on the other hand, are presenting a positive hypothesis (there is a god) and attempting to prove it through a lack of evidence about something else (no-one can explain the evolution of personality). This is the complete reverse of empirical reasoning and solidifies nothing.
What if he had presented God as a hypothesis and used His omnipotence to explain the creation of personality? Then it would be up to you to disprove it or it stands as our best theory. Ya know, like scientists do with evolution. It went from a hypothesis to a 'defend-to-the-death' theory overnight.
I have already pointed out the floor in this method, if one claims something as a positive hypothesis one opens the possibility that there is more than one explanation for that hypothesis. It would not be up to me to disprove someone elses hypothesis at all, it is up to them to prove their sposition, they are the claimant.
If you were to revisit your arguement and present a null hypothesis (there is no god) and then attempt to disprove it (present some proof which would show this statement to be false) then your debates would have more coherrency and you may even gain some ground in the pursuit of truth.
I find your suggestion hypocritical, as your stance is 'there is no God' and you have yet to provide one reason for believing it.
You have failed to read my post and attempt to understand the reasoning. I have, as directed in my above post, stated a null hypothesis, namely 'there is no god' so I attempt to prove it wrong leaving the only possiblity, which is that there is a god. However, to date I have not managed to disprove the null-hypothesis at all. Until I do so I shall remain an Atheist. I do not find any hypocrisy in my original statement.
I tire of this endless battle you seem to want to have with me, I am here to debate, not wage some petty war for one-upmanship. If you encounter me in other forums you will find I am a perfectly amicable person, I have no desire to keep this playground fight going. I offer a truce. If you wish to carry on debating with me at any point in the future I would be glad to, but I will not continue squabble.