Yes, the Burden of Proof Is on Atheists. Here's Why.

Atheists argue that the burden of proof is upon Christians, since Christians are the ones making a claim. However, atheists are making a more fundamental claim.
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Quick Answer

Even atheists who do not claim that God does not exist are making a claim when they say anything about Christianity. They are claiming that rationality and the laws of logic exist, which requires proof, since without rationality and the laws of logic, any argument they try to make could not even begin.

The Argument

Atheists argue that the burden of proof is upon Christians, since Christians are the ones making a claim. For example, "Calladus" wrote a post titled, "Just how far will a Christian go to dodge their burden of proof?"

In this post, "Calladus" is quite demeaning towards Christians, saying:

I’ve said before that the burden of proof is always on the person making the claims.

And yet, religious people just don’t get this very simple concept.

Later, he writes:

More simply put, my claim that invisible elves exist disproves your claim that a God exists. If you are not required to prove your claim of a God, then I am not required to prove my claim of elves.

The Answer

"Calladus" is very blind to the actual situation. Of course, Christians are making a claim that God exists. However, there is an implicit claim that is being made by both Christians and atheists that is even more fundamental, basic, and necessary than the claim that God exists.

The possibility of rationality and the laws of logic

Even the making of the claim that God exists, and the atheist's challenge to that claim, is not possible without the existence of rationality and the laws of logic. So, in making any kind of claim, or counter-claim, at all, there is an implicit, unsaid claim that is being made that requires a burden of proof.

Both the Christian and the atheist need to demonstrate why rationality and the laws of logic are possible in the first place. The Christian has a logical answer; the atheist does not.

The Christian view of rationality and the laws of logic

According to the Christian's worldview, rationality and the laws of logic are possible because:

  1. God created the universe,
  2. the universe has uniform laws of logic because this reflects the logic of God, and
  3. God's created humans in His image, which means their unique rationality (as opposed to animals) is patterned after God's rationality.

So, the Christian has a valid explanation for the existence of rationality and the laws of logic, which is a prerequisite to making any claim or counter-claim about God in the first place.

In reply to the argument that no evidence has been supplied to prove the assertions made above, that is simply not true. The evidence is that on the basis of the Christian worldview, in which the Bible's teachings are its foundation, the Bible teaches those points made above, and thus they are true.

If you demand another sort of evidence, for example, scientific or empirical evidence, you must demonstrate 1) the validity of the worldview you are operating from, and 2) why this should be the standard of evidence for these kinds of claims. We would argue that you simply cannot do this.

The atheist view of rationality and the laws of logic

Within an atheistic worldview, which is materialistic and naturalistic, without anything supernatural, there is simply no legitimate explanation for the existence of human rationality or the laws of logic.

In a random universe governed by chance, there is simply no reason to believe in universal, unchanging laws of logic, and this undermines any attempt at rationality within this kind of worldview.

Conclusion

There is a burden of proof that is far more fundamental, basic, and necessary than the burden of proof demanded of Christians regarding their claim that God exists. The very act of making any claim or counter-claim presupposes the existence of human rationality and the laws of logic, which Christians can explain, but atheists cannot.

Until the atheist can legitimately explain how rationality and the laws of logic can exist within his worldview, the burden of proof remains upon him.

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