Are atheists intellectual beggars?
Begging the Question (Another atheist fundie favourite)
The begging the question fallacy is sometimes referred to as reasoning in a circle, or circularity. This is because, in this fallacy, the arguer tries to get you to accept the very thing he’s trying to prove. The failed argument essentially looks like this: “If God was great then why…” Said as “If God then X must be true.” However, the terms used are typically clothed in different language so that it doesn’t seem to be repeating the same point. In logical terms, begging the question says the same thing in the premises as it does in the conclusion.
Here’s a common example: “God does not exist because the theists have no proof. And we know that you can never prove a negative.” It is implied that lack of proof is proof (Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence and a negative can be proven) of no God So this is basically saying, “We know God does not exist because God does not exist.” This is begging the question, reasoning in a circle, assuming what is trying to be proved.
Like this dismal failure in logic from this pseudo-intellectual
-That which is asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.
– Christopher Hitchens.
To him I would say:
-You’re opinion when asserted, can be accepted or dismissed without justification.
– George Arnold