"It took me a few minutes, but I finally understood what Russell was asserting. Your summation, Wyatt, is dead on.
Frankly, I find this line of reasoning astounding, and this is the first time I've heard it!"
"Well, it took me 50 years to come to an absolute conclusion that science and faith are incompatible. I took my time, weighed both sides, determined what is or is not ultimately knowable, and proved it to myself. I feel good too!"
"Wow. You're passionate about this particular argument. If I already know that the burden of proof falls on the other person making the positive claim, and I know that proof is NOT forthcoming from them, I can no longer waste my…"
"Very good, Asa. I have given up using Andrew's no. 1. argument with xtians because proving and knowing, unlike faith, require that you believe in a RATIONAL process to arrive at a conclusion, NOT a faith based process. A xtian,…"
"No, churchgoing was a serious matter, but my parents were not like this. Punishment was physical with no added religious commentary. I'm just glad you're objective and rational about the whole thing. Be kind and supportive to…"
"I just learned recently that the Old Testament itself has an incredibly explicit verse that solves the problem of evil, just as you say, Steve. It's in the diatribe of Isaiah verses 45:5-19; verse 7 says, "I form the light, and create the…"