Atheism IS Irrational Belief
Many of you hold that it is irrational to believe in God because there is no evidence. The premise clearly underlying that position is that it is irrational to take a position that is unsupported by evidence. The popular atheist books abound with this precise claim: there is no evidence; we shouldn’t believe it.
Here is a proposition: “God exists”.
Here is a position on that proposition: “The proposition ‘God exists’ is false”.
That position can be paraphrased—for example, as “God does not exist”.
There is no evidence for that position. So, if it is irrational to hold a position without evidence, it is irrational to hold that “God does not exist”.
P1) it is irrational to believe that a proposition is true without evidence.
P2) there is no evidence for the proposition “God does not exist”.
C) it is irrational to believe that God does not exist.
Whatever response you may have, do not claim that atheism is really just a “lack of belief”. That is semantics, in the bad way.
I do not believe there is a God means I lack the belief that there is a God means I believe there is no God. Those are the same in the way that 3+5 is the same as 4 + 4. Those are beliefs in the same way as I do not believe there is a pomegranate on my desk is a belief—lack of belief would be if I never even thought about God or pomegranates to begin with.
Let P be the proposition “God exists”. An atheist holds that ~P. That is a position with regard to P. It is a position unsupported by evidence. It is irrational.