You Believe in God? Prove It!
I visited a religious forum, and the question was, is the burden of proof (for the existence of God, I assume) on the believers? The discussion just got lost in a meaningless exchange of personalities, which is one reason I don't visit the forums very much. People get way too hot, too personal, and the same couple of people keep going back and forth for pages and pages of replies, until the discussion is entirely meaningless and a complete waste of time for anyone else.
I still thought it was a very interesting question. So I decided to just write a quick little hub instead.
It is indeed hard to prove a negative proposition. One can't prove God doesn't exist.
Me, personally--I just look around me and that's really all the proof I need. So much beauty and variety in Nature, and how elegantly life forms are co-joined to exist in the same biosphere. On the other hand, that is indeed a matter of personal faith and doesn't constitute proof at all.
So. Is the burden of proof on the Believers? I would think that depends on the context of what is being decided. I don't think in the normal course of things a religious belief is subject to scientific proofs. I don't see why it should be up to science to prove or disprove any part of anyone's religious belief system. I don't see why it should be up to Believers to scientifically prove any part of their belief system, either. Why should anyone have to prove what a person asserts by faith? So long as that person grants the right of every other person to believe or disbelieve according to his/her own belief system, why is any proof, either positive or negative, necessary? A person believes what he/she believes because they do, most of the time.
I do know scientists are interested in some sort of quantified proof of an afterlife, or God, or a soul, and have experimented with measuring and weighing human beings that are in extrema and then immediately after death.
21 grams are completely unaccounted for, in a person's passing. Science can't explain it. It may very well be the weight of the soul, passing from the body, going home to God. Or, it may not.
Scientists would like the answer to the life-after-death question; and not only as a matter of scientific curiousity. I'm sure we all wonder what the exact truth of the matter is, and I'm sure we won't find out until, hopefully, much later