They’re calling us “closed minded”, cos we say we don’t expect
Any evidence for god to come along
Their sycophants agree with them, or did last time I checked,
But their use of “open-mindedness” is wrong
The odds are very small that there is evidence to find
That would make a non-believer come around
What they ought to ask, instead, is “will a Dawkins change his mind
When the evidence he asks for has been found?”
Context, after the jump:
I meant to post a comment (not my verse; that came later) to this site–but they want me to sign up in order to do that, and I am unwilling. Besides, I has my own blogge, so no lack of a place to post this. Anyway, they ask:
So why is it that atheists cannot take the next intellectually honest step and acknowledge they are closed-minded about this issue? Such atheists tell us God belief is no different from belief in fairies. Okay, I can easily admit that when it comes to fairies, I am closed minded about their existence. See? That was easy.
So why can’t atheists admit they are closed minded about God’s existence?
Which misses the point entirely. Open-mindedness has nothing to do with whether you expect to find the evidence–it’s a matter of what you do when actually presented with the evidence. My would-be comment follows:
How open are believers to the possibility that god might *not* exist? That should be your standard of comparison for “open-mindedness”. We have a better set of case studies there, because we can actually (for some, but not all believers) disconfirm some basic beliefs, and see how open-minded they are. Given the reams of evidence regarding the age of the universe, the age of our species, etc., we can see young-earth creationists as particularly closed-minded (or, to use their vocabulary, “faithful”).
What evidence can you think of that would give an equal test for a Dawkins-type atheist?
Open-mindedness does not, and need not, speak to how open one is to the possibility of evidence existing. Open-mindedness speaks to how one reacts when evidence is actually presented. I can be absolutely certain that no evidence for god will ever be forthcoming, so long as I am willing to admit that I was wrong when (or if) evidence actually shows up. That’s the thing about evidence; it doesn’t care if you expected it.