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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

(p.25) 1 The Atheistic Answer
Defending God

James L. Crenshaw

Oxford University Press

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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