Although a few seem aggressive, most atheists make noises in self-defense and, for the most part, we exist in the midst of the crowd with no one realizing we’re there. When we do make noises, generally about some aspect of the intolerance in which the overall society is steeped, it seems to awaken the squabbling voices of trolls within the crowd.
Seldom do those trolls address whatever issue was raised. To please their own crowd seems like their agenda, with personal attacks wherein they tell us what we believe “in”, describe our “agenda” to us, or lead the topic astray by introducing irrelevant material. They err on all counts but expect us to “respect their faith” without demonstrating a reason to do so. They most never show respect for our absence of their faith. I, at least, respect their absence of everybody else’s faith. I do not respect their errant tendencies, nor their blatent lies.
What is true stays true despite whatever a person believes. Faith, religion, belief, whatever label gets put on it, is about ideas. Ideas with no factual standing must earn respect the same as any human. Ideas earn respect when we know how to demonstrate them as true and have accomplished that, and also when what it would take to directly demonstrate falsity is not known and is recognized as never been accomplished.
The existence of a god: has never been demonstrated and verified; the god must be capable of presence to have its existence demonstrated and verified.
The nonexistence of a god: how to directly demonstrate nonexistence is not known; a direct demonstration of nonexistence has never been accomplished.
The same as with math, the positive (affirmation) and negation of existence bear each other out in their agreement, yielding a result of zero.
Never demonstrated and verified = 0
Incapable of verified demonstration (whether by choice, inability or nonexistence) = 0
(Proof) how to demonstrate nonexistence not known = 0
(Proof) nonexistence never demonstrated = 0
If <0 the god exists; if 0 nonexistent: 0+0+0+0 = 0
Conclusion: the god does not exist.
Since it’s likely that this seems hokey and too simple, let’s prove that rabbits don’t exist, using the same process. Rabbits belong to a different set of circumstances. We will start by describing that:
Existence of rabbits can and have been demonstrated; rabbits are capable of demonstrating their existence.
How to demonstrate nonexistence is not known; a direct demonstration of rabbit nonexistence has never been accomplished.
The same as with math, the positive (affirmation) and negation of existence do not bear each other out in their agreement, yielding a result of greater than zero (<0).
• Often demonstrated and verified = 1
• Capable of verified demonstration = 1
• (Proof) how to demonstrate nonexistence not known = 0
• (Proof) nonexistence of rabbits never demonstrated = 0
• If <0 the rabbit exists; if 0 nonexistent: 1+1+0+0 = 2
• Conclusion: rabbits exist.
Suggestion: try this test with unicorns, hobbits, leprechauns, polar bears, or any other existence you can think of. Disclaimer: like all tests this test yields false results to cheaters.