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Nonbelief & Evil: Two Arguments for the Nonexistence of God Hardcover – August 1, 1998
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This book is outstanding. Drange formulates evidential arguments against god ideas based upon the existance of evil and nonbelief. The conclusion of these arguments is that god probably does not exist. One can conclude that there is very good reason not to believe in god. The atheist therefore is justified saying both "I don't believe in god", but also the stronger, "I believe (with good reason) that god (as defined in this sense) does not exist", not as a declaration of atheistic faith but as a conclusion of rational and solid and comprehensive argument.
These arguments, particularly the nonbelief argument, are aimed squarely and effectively at evangelical concepts of god. Drange uses Biblical support to show that god wants everyone to be saved and "come to know the truth" by the time they physically die, and yet we observe that even after 2000 years only 33% of humanity is Christian (and by the way, that number is dropping). The Argument from Non-belief establishes a necessary (to the Biblical literalist) characteristic of god, and then shows how that necessary attribute is incompatible with widespread nonbelief.
If god is omnipotent, he is capable of giving us unambiguous evidence (and has done so in the past, if biblical miracles are any indication). The theist might respond that god has a higher desire, the desire we maintain free will, and unambiguous evidence would necessarily violate our free will. Drange responds saying that evidence doesn't violate free will, it enhances it. We have a desire and a will not merely to believe, but to believe that which is TRUE, about a topic which (if true) is maximally important, our everlasting existance (or even infinite torture).Read more ›
can match. Drange is meticulous, precise, thorough and very painstaking. No one who reads this book should expect entertainment or recreational reading. Drnage is utterly serious and deeply committed to the project of constructing the most powerful arguments against the existence of God that can be conceived. He can only be compared with such atheist authors as Michael Martin, J.L. Mackie, and Kai Nielsen. He has not yet received the kind of attention that the last three have, but that may soon change. Drange does something that few other atheist philosophers do. He straightforwardly explains that no argument on this subect is possible unless one begins by stating which "God" it is that one is claiming exists or does not exist. The God of the Bible? The God of classical western philosophical theism? A sort of God-in-general? The God of evangelical Christianity?
Drange makes the invlauable point that each of these alleged deities is different in important ways and, thus, different sorts of arguments and analyses must be made in the case of each one.
Drange repeatedly and exhaustively considers possible defenses
against his arguments. He makes numerous admissions of possibly strong counterarguments from theists and he characterizes theistic ideas and arguments in a remarkably fair and objective way.
Drange has published most of his philosophical work in professional journals and on websites, including his own, which I encourage readers of this review to discover for themselves.
It is a matter or mind-boggling importance that Drange is dealing with here.Read more ›
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I do not belong to any Christian church but I am interested in problems in the philosophy of religion. Read morePublished on September 8, 2007 by Peter Henne
This is a very detailed exposition of atheism's best argument for the non-existence of God, the "argument from evil", as well as a modern variation of it called here the "argument... Read morePublished on May 9, 2007 by Dianelos Georgoudis
As a strong-atheist, I was very keen to read Nonbelief & Evil. Drange's book treats, as its title says, of two important strong-atheistic arguments, the Argument from Nonbelief... Read morePublished on October 14, 2004 by Francois Tremblay
Theodore Drange has done a remarkable work with his book Nonbelief & Evil. I have throughly enjoyed reading his discussion and he does a wonderful job of addressing all sides... Read morePublished on May 29, 2004 by RLA
Drange has written what I believe to be the best statement of the Argument from Evil (AE) ever, and he also introduces, for the first time, the Argument from Non-Belief (ANB). Read morePublished on July 24, 2003
It is difficult for me to describe how impressed I am by this book. With NONBELIEF AND EVIL, Theodore M. Read morePublished on March 4, 2003 by Mark I. Vuletic
This book provides a decent overview of the atheist arguement against hope, but I found it vastly incomplete. Read morePublished on December 23, 2002