Christian Pastor Offers Atheists $100K to Prove God Doesn’t Exist

Evangelical pastor and Internet celebrity Joshua Feuerstein lives in a bubble. It’s a bubble so encapsulating, he can’t see how ridiculous he looks challenging his ideological opponents to prove a negative.

In a recent video that’s blowing up the Internet, mainly in Evangelical circles, Feuerstein challenges atheists to provide “proof or evidence” that God does not exist. If they can, he will give them $100,000.

Here it is:

As infantile as his logic is, it’s also insulting. It’s quite clear that he has no intention of honoring this bet. If you’re still not clear on how this intellectually dishonest doublespeak works, DeadState will offer anyone $1,000,000,000,000,000,000 for proof that the Hindu god Ganesha doesn’t exist.

All this aside, Seth Andrews of the blog The Thinking Atheist responded – not with an acceptance of the challenge – but with a video of his own, entitled, “The Feuerstein Fallacy.” It’s a perfect and concise takedown of the tired and debunked thinking that Feuerstein is trying to resurrect.

“Josh, science called and said, ‘You’re doing it wrong!’” Andrews started out. “Scientists and non-scientists alike with any cursory understanding of the burden of proof, know that you don’t start with anything and everything that cannot be disproven.”

“By that standard, fairies exist. The Boogey Man exists. Plush time-travelling Teddy Bears in outer space exist – prove they don’t exist,” he continued.

Watch Seth Andrews’ entire rebuttal in the video below:

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8 Responses to Christian Pastor Offers Atheists $100K to Prove God Doesn’t Exist

  1. Walmart Day Kart says:

    They say that, “Ï think therefor I am,” but just because I think, why does that prove that I am? I think all that it really proves is that I think I am, but the fact that I’m thinking about it kind of implies that I’m not really sure. So maybe it’s really, “I’m probably thinking so maybe I am.” …I think.

  2. François Monbois says:

    Isn’t Feuerstein a Jewish name? Shouldn’t he hate his own guts? Oy vey…

  3. François Monbois says:

    The burden of proof is on the person making the claim that something (some entity, some being) which has never been seen or heard (except in the writings of men roaming the desert alone 2,000+ years ago) DOES exist. You would have a tough case in a court of law proving Bill shot Ted with no gun and Ted not showing any physical signs that he’d been shot, even if Ted claims he had been.

    And somehow, I doubt that someone who wears a backward baseball cap and a T-shirt and a cheap microphone does not have $100k to make good on his offer (to say nothing of his complete lack of fashion sense). I also suspect that this loudmouth troglodyte would have swayed one atheist, let alone “thousands” of atheists, to fall on their knees and start praying to a god which, after a great amount of introspection, they’ve already decided does not exist. Atheists tend to be independent, free-thinking individuals, which is one of the reasons why they don’t buy into the whole indoctrination methodology of religion in the first place.

  4. shelldigger says:

    Great points Hedonix, that was along the lines of what I was thinking as well.

    First show me the money! Then let’s talk about this idiots assumptions and the proving a negative issue.

  5. hedonix says:

    Seriously, I was taught that for an existence to be disprovable, there has to be a way to prove that existence. That puts the need for proof in his court. Also seriously, he would need to prove he has the money before I’d bother.

  6. Ignostic Dave says:

    Let me guess, the proof that his god does exist is also found within me, and I’m just not looking hard enough?

    Life is super easy when you know what other people think.

  7. kenyatta2009 says:

    who would waste time on something like that?

  8. Reblogged this on myatheistlife and commented:
    Well, I’m tempted to say that Feuerstein is an idiot. He has thought this through but didn’t do enough research. Towards the end he prattles on about how god ‘wrote morality onto our hearts’ which, despite the fact this demonstrates a bad understanding of what a heart is, begs the question of why YHWH had to write down that murder is wrong, twice, in stone for his chosen people. Shouldn’t that have been selfevident if it was truly written on their hearts? Something is definitely wrong with this thinking and I’m going to go with ‘there is no god’ so this terribly confused hogwash Feuerstein is spouting makes no sense because he’s making it up or copying from people who made it all up.

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