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Philo

Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring-Summer 1998

Theodore M. Drange
Pages 105-114
DOI: 10.5840/philo1998119

Nonbelief vs. Lack of Evidence
Two Atheologlcal Arguments

Here are two atheological arguments, called the “Lack-of-evidence Argument” (LEA) and “the Argument from Nonbelief” (ANB). LEA: Probably, if God were to exist then there would be good objective evidence for that. But there is no good objective evidence for God’s existence. Therefore, probably God does not exist. ANB: Probably, if God were to exist then there would not be many nonbelievers in the world. But there are many nonbelievers in the world. Therefore, probably God does not exist. Reasons are given for saving that although LEA is not totally implausible, ANB is a stronger atheological argument than it is.

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