This is an explanation of the argument you are up against, and a simple answer to it. May it get you kicked out of as many social media debate groups as it has me. =) But remember, our job is to deliver the message, and that you should expect it, if indeed you have done your job. Nothing screams “win” in a debate group formed by atheist more than being kicked off their site. After all, they can’t have someone around that makes their argument look as foolish as they are.
“A fool hath said in his heart, there is no God” (Psalms 14:1 KJV)
This will be short.
Argumentum ad logicam (argument to logic)
This is the fallacy that undermines all debates between theist, and athiest. The term, “believers” is misleading. Atheist assume people can only believe there is a God, but can’t possibly know there is a God. This assumption, and it’s fallacy is described here:
Argumentum ad logicam (argument to logic). This is the fallacy of assuming that something is false simply because a proof or argument that someone has offered for it is invalid; this reasoning is fallacious because there may be another proof or argument that successfully supports the proposition. This fallacy often appears in the context of a straw man argument.
I do not “believe” in gravity. I have knowledge of gravity. The fallacy is committed when the atheist assumes there is no evidence, when in fact there are other evidences they have not, or will not consider, or more importantly, are unaware of.
So they argue with the assumption that the evidence does not exist.
I most often describe this logical fallacy as “If God showed up at your house, but will not show up at my house, then God does not exist”. This is usually followed by the only argument I have ever seen from any atheist, which is,” There is no evidence. If you say there is, then hand it over”.
This is also a logical fallacy, in that while inanimate objects ideed can be “handed over”, God has the ability to make choices.
The argument that God can be forced to show up at your house, or lab of your choice…or even forced to pose for a photo, is not logical either. The request that God be handed over, is not logical. The request for the evidence you have, is a request for God to show up in front of them immediately. This request can only be made to God, the only one that is capable of delivering the evidence. The assumption that God can’t exist because He can’t be handed over, is the Argumentum ad logicam… the assumption is made that no evidence is available, when in fact, God has delivered it to many.