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By Russell Blackford, Udo Schuklenk

50 Voices of Disbelief: Why we're Atheists presents a suite of unique essays drawn from a world team of renowned voices within the fields of academia, technological know-how, literature, media and politics who provide conscientiously thought of statements of why they're atheists. * contains a actually overseas solid of participants, starting from public intellectuals resembling Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, similar to Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of faith, together with Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley * Contributions variety from rigorous philosophical arguments to hugely own, even whimsical, debts of ways every one of those remarkable thinkers have come to reject faith of their lives * more likely to have large charm 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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I soon sensed another problem – the hiddenness argument for atheism. That’s what it’s called today, of course. Back then I was just thinking about why, if there is a loving God, there should be people like me, onetime fervent and loyal believers who, when they come into a context of genuine inquiry, where truth and understanding are valued for their own sake, find their belief dissipating instead of strengthened. Suddenly the world seemed to include this interesting possibility: that a certain kind of nonbelief might itself be evidence that nonbelief is the right way to go.

God is all-powerful and benevolent but at the same time it’s hiding? Please. We wouldn’t give that the time of day in any other context. Nobody would buy the idea of ideal, loving, concerned, involved parents who permanently hide from their children, so why buy it of a loving God? The obvious answer of course is that believers have to buy it for the inescapable reason that their God is hidden. The fact is that God doesn’t make personal appearances, or even send authenticated messages, so believers have to say something to explain that obtrusive fact.

We wouldn’t give that the time of day in any other context. Nobody would buy the idea of ideal, loving, concerned, involved parents who permanently hide from their children, so why buy it of a loving God? The obvious answer of course is that believers have to buy it for the inescapable reason that their God is hidden. The fact is that God doesn’t make personal appearances, or even send authenticated messages, so believers have to say something to explain that obtrusive fact. ” The answer however has the same flaw that all claims about God have: nobody knows that.

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