50 Voices of Disbelief. Why We Are Atheists by Russell Blackford

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By Russell Blackford

50 Voices of Disbelief: Why we're Atheists presents a set of unique essays drawn from a global crew of popular voices within the fields of academia, technological know-how, literature, media and politics who provide rigorously thought of statements of why they're atheists.

  • Features a very overseas forged of individuals, starting from public intellectuals comparable to Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, reminiscent of Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of faith, together with Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley
  • Contributions diversity from rigorous philosophical arguments to hugely own, even whimsical, bills of the way every one of those outstanding thinkers have come to reject faith of their lives
  • Likely to have vast attraction given the present public fascination with spiritual concerns and the reception of such books as The God Delusion and The finish of Faith

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There is no God,” he proclaimed. “You are all being fooled,” he shouted as he pointed his finger at us. The shock of his words hit all of the youths hard – except for me. I smiled and leaned toward him trying to absorb his essence. Wow, finally someone was saying the same things I thought as I forced myself to read Bible passage after Bible passage. Here was someone echoing the very same conclusions I had reached. When this young man asked if there was anyone who would like to break the chains of religion and follow him out of the church to learn more about atheism, I jumped to my feet.

But then, how do we “know” God is omnipotent, or eternal? We don’t. It’s just that the monotheist God is supposed to have certain attributes that make it a significant grown-up sophisticated God, better than the frivolous or greedy or quarrelsome gods like Kali or Loki or Athena. (Oddly, this does leave room for one particular: we do “know” that God is male. ) We don’t know that God is omnipotent, we simply assume that anyone called God has to be omnipotent, because that’s part of the definition, and we know that God is called God, so therefore God must be omnipotent.

But for present purposes, it is the existence of God as standardly defined that I deny. So how might we show beyond all reasonable doubt that such a being did not exist? A thorough job would have to show that none of the arguments in favor of God’s existence is successful, and then also to show that at least one argument against his existence succeeds. Here, I will take the first part of that task as given, and consider only the second. And in relation to that second task, there are two possible strategies.

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