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laconicsax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-21-11 03:09 PM
Response to Reply #153
157. You're mischaracterizing the argument in the OP, and missing the point.
There isn't ANY evidence that the Exodus narrative is true and the burden of proof is on those claiming that it is true.

What you missed about your misuse of Sagan's quote is that "absence of evidence is not evidence of absence" is a fallacy. Absence of evidence can only be evidence of absence. Finding no evidence of WMDs in Iraq is evidence that there were no WMDs in Iraq and finding no evidence that any of the Exodus narrative is true is evidence that it never happened.

If evidence supporting a claim is later found, it will certainly outweigh the earlier absence of evidence. The burden of proof is on those making a positive claim (ie X is true), and claims are proven through falsification--if it can't be falsified, it must be true.

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