In Who has the Burden of Proof? Atheism vs. Theism, Austin Cline (About.com) provides an outstanding discussion of something every atheist (and every religious person) should understand. Atheism (i.e., no belief in gods) is the default position. This means that the burden of proof lies with the religious believer who claims that some sort of god exists. This claim requires considerable evidence if it is to be accepted. The second that the religious person insists that the atheist prove his/her lack of belief, he or she makes an error in reasoning.
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