“atheism is a faith position” – another example
Here’s a classic example of the “they are both equally faith positions” view, taken from a review on amazon.co.uk of the book God: The Failed Hypothesis.
For my treatment of this sort of move see here, where we get the same old mantra from Alister McGrath and others. Anyway, here we go…
After considering this book for a time I realise that this has nothing new to add to a debate which is greatly misunderstood.
To use an example:
To say that “the Galaxy Andromeda has life in it” would be an incorrect statement – to say “the Galaxy Andromeda has no life in it” would also be incorrect. The statement “the Galaxy Andromeda DEFINITELY MAYBE has life in it” – is the way to express the situation.
This logic is the way answer the question “is there an all-powerful, all-knowing and in all-places controlling influence or entity?” – DEFINITELY MAYBE is the only logical answer. One can have ‘faith’ that there – is – or – is not – this influence in existence, but it must logically be regarded as a DEFINITE MAYBE in argument. And that IS the WAY IT IS – PERIOD.