A Call to Reason

Written by Phillip Nicewaner

It is almost insulting that any atheist would be asked to employ a bit of rational thought or objectivity, for that is their professed identity: reasonable and rational people. Commonly, though, an argument is presented, which states that the archaeological evidence or, rather, lack thereof in particular points of Biblical history is proof enough that the very point of “history” did not occur and, as follows, the conclusion is held that the whole is mere mythology. For a people that often profess a sort of monopoly on rational thought, though, this is quite a large error. This is, however, not an accurate conclusion, but one based on conjecture.

There most certainly is the possibility that particular events throughout human history could not be fully verified due to degraded evidence, overlapping events and structures, as well as the obscurity of historical details. It is essential, though, to suspend conclusions about the inaccuracy of events until proof of the contrary is observed, because the lack of evidence does not equal the nonexistence of particular events. What then is logical about concluding that the extraordinary events in the Bible are historical myths? Nothing whatsoever. It is important to remember that, due to the existing potential of obtaining the evidence and the possibility that the quality or existence of the evidence may be degraded, the rejection requires absolute evidence to support it beyond conjecture.


2 thoughts on “A Call to Reason

  1. Wow. One big burden of evidence shift. Utter rot. We do not accept things as true until proven false. This is a ridiculous position to take, since then the holder of this position must also accept all manner of mutually incompatible beliefs. There isn’t an ounce of reason in this blog entry at all.

    • It is not a shift in the burden of evidence. The historical value being questioned is the issue here. It was inspired by those who argue that minimal to no current evidence of the Exodus and, say, the garden of Eden shows that they are mere myths, which is an absurd and irrational position to hold and is, therefore, mere conjecture. The post is based in the rationale that no current evidence of the existence of a particular =/= to proof of nonexistence. To make such a conclusion, one needs conclusive evidence to disprove it. All positive assertions (even those assertions which are assertions to the negation of a particular) requires evidence to support. One can, in light of evidential requirements, only make inward claims, such as, “I do not believe it happened” or neutral claims, such as, “I don’t know if it happened or not” until proved conclusively.

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