Atheism: The Case Against God (Skeptic's Bookshelf) by George H. Smith

By George H. Smith

With this exciting advent, George H Smith units out to demolish what he considers the main frequent and damaging of all of the myths devised by means of guy - the concept that of a preferrred being. With painstaking scholarship and rigorous arguments, Mr. Smith examines, dissects, and refutes the myriad "proofs" provided by way of theists - the defenses of refined, expert theologians, in addition to the typical spiritual layman. He explores the old and mental havoc wrought by means of faith mostly - and concludes that spiritual trust can't have anywhere within the lifetime of glossy, rational guy.

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We see, therefore, that the analogy between God and man cannot stem from similarities in their natures. No such resemblance is possible. At this point, the doctrine of analogy becomes rather 61 Ferr’, Language, Logic and God, p. 68. For a detailed discussion of analogy, see R. P. 11, pp. 166-173. Cf. F. C. Copleston, A History of Philosophy (New York: Image Books, 1962), Vol. II, Part II, pp. 70-78. 62 37 George H. Smith – ATHEISM: The Case Against God slippery. ”63 D. J. B. Hawkins elaborates as follows: “...

Romans 9:19) These are important questions, but Paul quickly brushes them aside with characteristic indignation. But, who are you, a man, to answer back to God? ’ Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for beauty and another for menial use? (Romans 9:20-21) Significantly, Paul makes no attempt to defend God from the charge of unfairness; rather, he cites God’s absolute authority over man and asserts, in effect, that what God decides to do with man is none of man’s business.

If they are unknowable, they are useless as qualities. We cannot come to know an unknowable God through unknowable characteristics. (f) Is the attribute compatible with known facts? This question does not affect the intelligibility of the concept of God as such, but it is relevant to establishing the possibility of God’s existence. If, for example, we are told that God is the omnibenevolent creator of the universe, we may find this incompatible with the fact of suffering and pain. And if this is the case, we may conclude that God does not exist.

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