What is Evidence?

I hold that evidence is my ultimate authority. It is therefore very important to know what counts as evidence. 

Evidence is objective and verifiable information that supports the probability of a claim being true or false. 

What is the difference between evidence and proof? Proof is that degree of evidence that warrants belief. That means that the evidence shows that the claim is probably true. 

Certainty is impossible for us limited and fallible humans. We have to be satisfied with probability. That which is most probably true should be believed. 

Now every degree of evidence is not proof. It becomes proof only when it justifies the acceptance of the claim. 

The Bible is not evidence, because it rests on two unproven claims. First, that a creator God exists. And second, that the Bible is his inerrant word. Buddhism rejects both claims.

Jay Forrest Blog