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Scott Clifton

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Even if the absence of evidence for a given god were not evidence of its absence, it would still be evidence that the belief in that god is unreasonable. That's the only proposition that any atheist of any kind has to demonstrate in order to win the argument. Because anything beyond that... is just having fun.
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God, Atheism and Evidence, as Theoretical Bullshit, hosted on YouTube. (11 January 2010)

 
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