Chapter

The Atheistic Answer

James L. Crenshaw

in Defending God

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195140026
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835607 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195140028.003.0002
 The Atheistic Answer

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The simplest response to the problem of evil is to deny that God exists and therefore to view evil as a matter of chance, like everything else. Two biblical psalms, 10 and 14 (which has an almost exact duplicate in 53), denounce this approach as a moral flaw rather than a cognitive deficiency and attribute such thinking to fools. The perspective is championed in Prov 30:1–14 by a certain Agur, whose practical atheism nevertheless possesses admirable moral values.

Keywords: atheism; chance; Psalms; flaw; cognitive; evil; fools; Proverbs; Agur; moral

Chapter.  8388 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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