Read the following essay and answer the question, “Do you agree or disagree? Please explain why.”
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Evidence and Deeply Held Beliefs
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be just as quickly rejected without evidence.”
A god, by definition, is a being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers. However, there is no evidence for the existence of anything supernatural ever having any influence on our natural world. In the absence of evidence for the supernatural, it cannot be demonstrated that a god is even a possibility let alone a reality; never mind your specific Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Jewish, or other gods. While anyone can believe a god exists or that Santa Claus streaks across the night sky to billions of people inside 24 hours driven by reindeer, belief is not knowledge. Knowledge requires evidence. Therefore, with the same certainty there is neither Santa Claus nor flying reindeer nor leprechauns nor fairies, the assertion of any gods can be flatly rejected.
“Do you agree or disagree? Please explain why.”
Your essay should be well-organized and include support from the story for your main ideas.
If commenting on the essays please remember the rules and stick with positive suggestions that can help the author. Focus on the essay structure and quality. The following guidelines are by no means compete, but can serve as a guide for useful suggestions.
- Quality and impact of thesis statement and opening paragraph. This may be the most important paragraph. Does it provide a roadmap for the essay?
- Supporting paragraphs. Do these follow the outline of the 1st paragraph? Do they use explicit examples and not deviate unnecessarily from topic?
- Prose. Are the sentences direct and effective with proper grammar and correct spelling?
- Conclusion. Perhaps the least important paragraph. Does it wrap it all up?