Settled A Long Time Ago!

“Again, an allegation may be made in negative form, and he who asserts a negative must prove it; as when the atheist asserts that there is no God he is logically bound to make good his assertion—if he can. But it is evident that he cannot do this; because, as John Foster pointed out, it would require universal knowledge to make good such an assertion, for, otherwise, somewhere beyond the bounds of the atheist’s knowledge might be proof that there is a God.”

Why? Why is it the Atheists burden?

” In controversial sermons it is essential that we should clearly perceive where lies the burden of proof, and sometimes in the statement of propositions and questions it may be well to make this formally clear to the hearers; and in general for clearness of discrimination and logical accuracy in argument the underlying principle of the burden of proof should be understood. This principle is well stated in the Roman legal formula: Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat (the proof lies upon him who affirms, not who denies). That is to say, He who alleges anything must prove his allegation; and, conversely, no man is required to prove the negative of another man’s assertion.”

John Albert Broadus, A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, ed. Edwin Charles Dargan, New (23d) ed. (New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1898), 174.


Author: philipdean2013

Seminary graduate with a Ba. in Theology/Pastoral Studies, Happily married, Independent Baptist. I can't keep silent about what I see going on in Christianity any longer! Apostasy reigns around us, churches are sliding into worldiness, a whitewashed Gospel is preached everywhere... "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) So, I'm speaking out. ...Why aren't you???

6 thoughts on “Settled A Long Time Ago!”

  1. Burden of proof always rests with those who claim something that is. For if this constant were reversed, anything and everything would exist until it was proven otherwise.

    To that, unicorns, mermaids, fairies, and big-foot would be accepted as real until proven otherwise. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, not the other way around.


    1. Incorrect. Nature itself shows us God’s existence. History shows God’s existence. The Bible proves God’s existence. The Empty Tomb proves God’s existence. The article explains why the burden rests upon the Atheist to prove God does not exist. And it is something the Atheist cannot do.

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    1. No. The Bible states it. Nature proves it. THe empty tomb in Jerusalem proves it. History proves it.
      To make an allegation shallenging the status requires that Atheism proves there is no God, which cannot be done, as the article, written in the 19th century, points out.

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      1. You do known that history tells us that the entire exodus story never happened. No mainstream scholar Jew, Christian, or otherwise believes any evidence points to Moses being a real person right? You know that any evidence for any one individual being an historical Jesus is sketchy at best, and the evidence that he was any kind of miracle worker is non existence. You know an empty tomb confirms nothing, you have to prove there was something in there in the first place.


      2. No, I don’t know that. You’re making an awful lot of conjecture without proof.
        Moses was a real person. His brother was a real person. Every week, descendants of Aaron are called upon to recite blessings in the Synagogue.
        Funny how you can say the Exodus never happened – but there is historical Evidence that the Jews were in Egypt, and suddenly the Canaanite nations are howling to Pharaoh for help from my ancestors.
        I know the evidence for Jesus existing as a historical person is NOT “sketchy” at best. There’s quite a few references to him in Roman historical documents, not to mention the Talmud. I studied the Talmud daily as a Chassid, and I distinctly recall quite a few references to him.
        Stop listening to rhetoric and start researching. You’re going to find all your preconceived conclusions fall to pieces.
        Again, it’s not me that has to prove these things… it’s you.

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