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OTHER ARGUMENTS FOR ATHEISM - THE ARGUMENT FROM REASONABLE NON-BELIEF

The Argument from Non-Belief or Reasonable Non-belief is similar in some ways to the Argument from God's Silence. The occurrence of reasonable non-belief is linked to the idea of the “hiddenness” of God, and so the argument is sometimes also referred to as the Argument from Divine Hiddenness.
Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain.
- Gene Roddenberry (quoted in biography, 1994)

In the 1990s, J. L. Schellenberg first explained his analysis and defence of the philosophical idea (which he called the Argument from Reasonable Non-belief) that the weakness of evidence for theism is itself evidence against it. He argued that there are people who do not believe in God whose non-belief is not the result of culpable actions or omissions of their own. A perfectly loving God would desire a personal relationship between himself and every human being, and belief in God's existence is a logically necessary condition for such a relationship. Hence, the very existence of some non-believers with reasonable non-belief is incompatible with God as he is presented to us, and is therefore evidence that God does not in fact exist.

An alternative formulation of the argument is that, if God truly wants humans to believe that he exists, he could easily have given strong evidence of his existence to humans (strong in the same way as the existence of trees, stars and other people is strong), but there is no such strong evidence of his existence. If he has not given the strong evidence required by his desire to have us believe in him, then he clearly does not exist.

 
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