Responding to an Atheistic View

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Running head: RESPONDING TO AN ATHEISTIC VIEW 1 Responding to an Atheistic View Sheena Vogel Philosophy 201 Liberty University Online Abstract For the purposes of this paper we will consider an article written by H. J. McCloskey entitled, On Being an Atheist.The author addressed several reasons why a theist comes to believe in the existence of a supreme being, in this case God, and why these reasons represent a poor example for a strong foundation in theism. His oppositions include the cosmological argument, the teleological argument, the idea the God cannot exist at the same time evil exists and why it is more comforting in believe there is no God than believing there is a God. However, McCloskey’s version includes only one side of the arguments.This paper will respond to McCloskey’s oppositions as being to hasty and not thorough, these arguments are not there to prove God exists; merely that it is highly probable. For arguments sake this paper takes on the view of how a theist would respond to McCloskey’s article and refutes his opinions. Responding to an Atheistic View A.W. Tozer once said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us”. In the his article, On Being an Atheist, H.J. McCloskey leaves little doubt of what enters his mind when he thinks about God. He argues that there are no real reasons to believe in God and takes the approach of dissecting several arguments used by both sides of the spectrum. Though McCloskey sees some serious issues with the cosmological argument, the teleological argument, the existence of evil, and the discomfort that is experienced with theism he does not slow down long enough to consider what these arguments are actually stating. In our version we will discuss the same issues as McCloskey and offer a view of what it is to be a
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