It’s far and away the stupidest thing Christians say. I can’t prove there aren’t mermaids or ogres either. It doesn’t mean anything at all. If not being able to disprove something means anything you’ll have a lot of crazy stuff you’ll have to allow for. Pete the God Eating Penguin is just one of them.
Let’s face it, no one can prove Pete doesn’t exist. So he must. That’s the logic here.
Well, that leads to a problem. If Pete exists, he would have eaten God by now. That’s what Pete does. So even if God did exist, he can’t exist anymore.
I wish I would have thought of this on my own. I’d like to thank Willie, who’s an old friend in Austin for the idea.
“It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true.”
And that my friends is why the burden of proof is on the person making the claim. Until they have some evidence to back that claim, there’s no reason to think it might be true.