If someone makes an assertion then evidence is expected to support it, or it can simply be dismissed. Evidence can come in several forms, be it observational or proven by experiment and inductive reasoning. The conclusion reached is considered establishing a theory and using logic, reason and deductive reasoning to attempt to test and confirm the theory as the general truth.
Epistemology is the philosophical basis for studying and confirming knowledge, but extreme scepticism must be adhered to, and the knowledge must be questioned to warrant its validity. Science is essentially the search for knowledge and it’s taken from the Latin word ‘scientia’ (epistēmē) which means demonstrable and repeatable by adhering to the scrupulous expectations required by the scientific method.
“I do not feel obliged to believe that same God who endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect had intended for us to forgo their use.” – Galileo
Scientia est potentia
Knowledge is power, and is about the ability to understand and present facts. Facts can be found by reasoning, human perception, experiences and interpretations the difference between fact and fiction. We have to know what we know, and how we know it, and the scientific method is a basis of enquiry that was coined by Sir Francis Bacon which done strictly is a fool proof way to the truth as it’s not influenced by personal beliefs, opinions or bias.
“If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.” – Francis Bacon
Is there evidence for gods?
A skeptheist is someone who claims that knowledge of god is impossible and we have good reason to reject the existence of gods as there’s no empirical evidence ‘.ἐμπειρία’ (empeiría). There’s nothing to observe, study or examine other than scripture.
Is scripture enough to justify the belief in gods?
Of course it isn’t. Has it ever been validated? Do we know if god actually spoke to Moses or if it was just a story born from folklore? It’s so convenient that all of the events that happened thousands of years ago were allegedly recorded in a collection of books which was then compiled into the Bible and after the Bible was complete nothing from the metaphysical ever emerged since.
“Atheists say no one can prove the existence of God but I say no one can disprove that God exists I see God in everything I feel his presence everywhere to me I know that he exists.” – Shane Harper
The above quote is your typical, standard theist’s attempt at justifying belief in gods. They feel his presence. Thinking something isn’t the same as knowing. They can no more prove a god than I can disprove a god, but attempting to disprove any god is a futile exercise, as there’s nothing to work with. Believing in a book, feeling a presence or assuming that the universe must have a creator is not evidence.