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  1. #1 Objective evidence vs Anecdotal evidence 
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    It seems to me that a large proportion of the claim for the existence of God is based on anecdotal evidence, or subjective experiences - John having seen God standing in his room, a miracle healer making a person stand, a highly improbable event happening such that only divine intervention can fully explain it, a preacher inducing a trance-like state during mass, near-death experiences, premonition, etc etc.

    But if you really look at it, these are generally considered weak evidences in the light of the hard evidences, or what is called the "objective experiences" that can be reproduced by any experimenter. We all know that water freeze at 0 degree centigrade, by simply putting water into our freezer. We all know that there isn't an elephant inside our fridge when we open the fridge.

    So my question is that whether these anecdotal evidence is valid, under any circumstances, in proving that God exists. Or does it just boil down to the delusional convictions of religious fanatics that has no bearings on the truth of their religion.


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    God doesn't exist, therefore I have no reason to prove His/Her existence.
    God does exist, therefore I have no reason to prove His/Her existence.
    God might exist, therefore I have some reason to prove His/Her existence.


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    according to Karl Popper, every human being has his own subjective truths, anecdotal or not - it's when subjective truths can be replicated by other people and they match, then we have the beginning of an objective truth
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    marnixR said:

    according to Karl Popper, every human being has his own subjective truths, anecdotal or not - it's when subjective truths can be replicated by other people and they match, then we have the beginning of an objective truth
    It may be a little difficult to sell this idea when you consider that many Christians claim to have had the same or similar spiritual experience of being "born again." And then you also have the similarities in the experiences of those who claim to have been abducted by aliens. Since there does not appear to be any subjective, quantifiable evidence of such things, do you consider they are the subjective beginnings of objective truths?
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