posted on Jul, 11 2008 @ 02:52 AM
reply to post by ForkandSpoon
Atheism is not rational, but it's SEMI-rational? That's a new philosophical concept to me. Now, let me illustrate where this new concepts abandons
the laws of logic.
In case you haven't heard, a positive statement is a specific statement (proposition) about the nature of reality, and related to the existence of
something or someone. For instance, if I say that 'you are a disinfo agent', then I am making a positive statement, which, of course, needs some
proof. Now, as long as I don't prove my statement, then it is more than rational to stay on the negative side of the positive statement. That is, a
rational person would listen to the above-mentioned positive statement that you are a disinfo agent, and would assume a negative attitude toward it:
"For as long as you don't rationally and factually prove that I am a disinfo agent, then I am assuming that I am not a disinfo agent."
Hoping that you grasped the concept, let me point to the issue at hand. If a religious person makes a positive statement, such as 'God exists', then
a rational mind cannot accept its truth blindingly. Otherwise they would commit a Reductio ad absurdum fallacy, which has long been proven to be
irrational. On the contrary, they would take a negative stand towards that positive statement, by concluding that "For as long as you don't provide
rational proof related to you proposition that God exists, then it is logical for a sane, rational mind to take the stand that God does not, in fact,
I have the feeling, all in all, that you got the point. But now that I think of it, I should start a new thread related to positive statements.