Weak Versus Strong Atheism
Q&A Radio: 11 May 2014, Question 1
I answered a question on weak versus strong atheism on 11 May 2014. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Should a rational person's atheism be weak or strong? People often distinguish between "weak atheism" and "strong atheism." The weak atheist regards the arguments for the existence of God as invalid, so that God's existence has not been proven. The strong atheist positively asserts that God does not exist. Which of these views is correct?
My Answer, In Brief: Weak atheism is the result of seeing that the arguments for the existence of God fail. Strong atheism is the result of seeing that God's very nature is impossible. Both views are true, and the view that any person should adopt is the view consistent with his best understanding and thinking.
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- God, Faith, and the Supernatural by Greg Perkins
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