Challenge: There Is No Evidence for God

This week’s challenge comes from an email I received:

Atheists do have reason on our side because there is no evidence that God exists…. We deny God for the same exact reasons you deny the existence of fairies: No evidence. In fact, God is just a really powerful fairy: An invisible being that wields magic powers. The fact that I don't believe in such a being should go without saying…. The only thing God has going for him is that he was grandfathered in. Fairies, leprechauns and other invisible creatures are dismissed out of hand. There is no more evidence that God exists than there is for Zeus.

How would you respond to this assertion that there’s “no evidence” for God? Try to think about how you would narrow down a response (because I don’t think the kind of person who says this is likely to sit through a long list of arguments). What would you focus on in your answer? How would you counter-challenge him? Let us know in the comments below, and then come back to the blog on Thursday to hear Alan’s response.

[Update: View Alan’s video response. Explore past challenges here and here.]

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