It seems that every time I get into a conversation with a Christian these days, they have to assure themselves that I am as closed minded as they are. First they brag about how dogmatic they are and then they turn around and accuse me of being dogmatic. This is where I blow their minds and explain to them just how easy it is to convince an atheist that God exists.
Christians should know that for most atheists like myself, it is really easy to convince us that their deity of choice exists. They don’t have to quote Bible verses or persuade us to read their holy book. All they really have to do is present some valid evidence. That’s it.
So what does valid evidence consist of? That’s a great question and I’m not really sure the answer. I guess they would have to present some form of evidence that can be independently verified under controlled conditions designed to filter out confirmation bias and subjective sensory data.
Oh, you see! The atheist’s standard for evidence can never be met! Wrong, this is the very same standard of evidence that everyone uses for pretty much anything that really matters to them. If I were to tell you that I would give you a million dollars tomorrow if you gave me one hundred dollars today, it is doubtful you would do it on faith alone. No, you would ask questions. How do you know I can get a million dollars tomorrow? If I have a million dollars, why do I need your hundred dollars? What evidence do you have that I won’t just take your hundred dollars and run?
Where money is concerned, evidence matters. God? Not so much. I could tell you that you just have to have faith or that the evidence that I will return with your million is in your wallet. But none of that is very convincing.
How about this; I can cure you of cancer and any number of other diseases for free. All you have to do is sign up for my $72 newsletter and you will get the cure for pretty much any disease. You might demand that I provide some sort of evidence for my claim. Where money and health care concerned evidence matters, but again when it is about God, who cares about evidence – it is all about faith.