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Defending GodBiblical Responses to the Problem of Evil$
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James L. Crenshaw

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140026

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195140028.001.0001

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The Atheistic Answer

The Atheistic Answer

Abandoning the Quest

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(p.25) 1 The Atheistic Answer
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Defending God
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James L. Crenshaw

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195140028.003.0002

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

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