It seems ill-timed (or perfectly-timed, one or the other) but our friend Chris Mooney is pissed at Slate's Jim Holt this holiday season. To sum up: Jim said "You can't prove there's no God" and Chris said "I ain't gotta."
Of course, they're both right, but Chris clearly has the upperhand here. Just because you can't prove there isn't a God doesn't mean that He exists. You'd have to drain Loch Ness to prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that it's not the home of a monster. That doesn't mean one's swimming around in there.
What bothers me, as, shall we say, a lapsed-atheist, is the foolishness of anyone's trying to explain belief logically. It can't be. That's the beauty of it. No matter how far your logic takes you, you will always find a wall at the end of that road that must be climbed by faith.