Originally Posted by snappydog
I'm not asking anyone to prove anything does exist, I understand that the existence of a deity is something which has to be taken without proof. My question was directed towards proving whether something does NOT exist, which... Well, I figure that if you can't prove it does exist, you have to at least be able to reason that it doesn't not exist, so to speak.
It's the same thing. The existence of God is theory, not fact--or at least not fact as we know it. Proof implies factual knowledge, and thus proof on either side of the religious debate (there is a God/there isn't) would be the final word on the matter.
The reasons we cannot prove the existence of a higher power are the same reasons we cannot prove the absence of one: we just don't know. And so instead we believe based on faith alone.