An absurd claim continues that the burden is on atheists to “prove” there is no god. The claim has be ridiculed for decades, perhaps centuries, but explaining why it is absurd was best done by philosopher Burtrand Russell.
Suppose, Russell said, I claimed there is a teapot circling the sun between mars and earth. Further, I was clever enough to make it so tiny it could not seen by any telescope.
Russell concluded it would be nonsensical to insist someone prove the teapot did not exist because it would be impossible to do so. The person making such a nonsensical demand would be considered quite daft.
The irony of the real word, Russell continued, is that if existence of the teapot had been taught to children for centuries and was discussed in an ancient book, it be the skeptic who was considered the daft one. Religion, of course, sets up its parameters in a way that not testable.
Richard Dawkins used the celestial teapot to address an argument within the doubting community. He cautioned against accommodating the common version of agnosticism.
The most common agnostic view is that since we can’t prove there is no god the chances there is a god are 50 percent. Dawkins cautioned that would require one to agree there is also a 50 percent the celestial teapot is circling the sun. All untestable claims would have a 50 percent chance of being true.
Unfortunately, the simple explanation of the celestial teapot does not stop many believers from demanding “proof” there is no god.