Imposed Disbelief

Definition Example
When the lack of belief in X is construed as disbelief in X. Where’s your evidence for your belief that there are no unicorns? Your faith in the lack of unicorns is no different from my faith in the existence of unicorns.
  Notes
A positive belief that there are no unicorns is not comparable to no belief in unicorns. Having no belief in unicorns may be a result of never having heard of the concept of unicorns, or never having had sufficient evidence to believe they exist. A positive claim that unicorns exist, in contrast, requires that the one making the claim understands what a unicorn is, and presumably that they have evidence to believe that unicorns exist.

Case Study One

Some suggest that the suspension or lack of belief in a particular god-claim is itself an affirmative belief. The arguments goes “It’s not that you merely have no belief in my version of god; you believe that my god does not exist!” This claim is then employed in an attempt to demonstrate that “we both have faith” or “you have to provide evidence for your no-god belief.” Believing that there is not enough evidence to believe a particular claim is not an affirmative belief; it is a negative belief, and does not require faith or possess the burden of proof.


Keep in mind that a fallacious argument does not entail an erroneous position.


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