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Forum Philosophicum

Volume 20, Issue 1, Spring 2015

Paul Kabay
Pages 7-28
DOI: 10.5840/forphil2015202

Nonetheism: A Non-atheistic Account of a Non-existent God
A Non-atheistic Account of a Non-existent God

I briefly defend a view I call nonetheism: the claim that God is a non-existent item. I develop a defense that might be acceptable to a theist, but I also note that arguments for atheism would also support this claim. As such, nonetheism is a form of theism that is actually supported by the case for atheism. I begin by showing that it is possible for there to be a non-existent object—that such an idea is coherent. I then argue that a non-existent item is actual and follow this with a defense of the coherency of claiming that God is a non-existent object. The paper concludes by demonstrating that the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo entails the non-existence of God and so any evidence in support of creation from nothing is evidence in support of nonetheism.

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