Could it be pretty obvious there’s no God?

Stephen Law, the editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy journal THINK and a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of London’s Heythrop College, is contributing to an upcoming book called 50 Voices of Disbelief, edited by Russell Blackford and due for release in 2009. On his blog, he has an entry (I’ve stolen the title) that includes an excerpt that includes a flurry of familiar arguments against gods–the problem of evil and the failures of various theodicy-based apologetics, the similarly failed “evil god” hypothesis, and so on.
Although containing no new information (and why would it? Christians haven’t changed their story–much–in 2,000 years, so logic-based arguments against their deity haven’t either, though scientific ones obviously have) it might be a useful bookmark for those who engage “sophisticated” theists (and folks this is not an example).
The concept of a personal deity–at least one possessing some combination of compassion, competence, and intelligence–must be he only widespread idea that fails on its face, yet still requires, or at east inspires, philosophers to generate formal and often convoluted refutations. Yet no number of compelling and sound expositions are sufficient to disabuse the overwhelming majority of believers, who are even less interested in what a philosopher has to say than they are what biologists claim, probably because there are all sorts of silly counterclaims to evolution (“No transitional fossils! Complex eye! Micro not Macro! Haeckel liar! Why are there still monkeys!?) that are without parallel in the philosophical milieu (I was going to say “realm,” but I already reamed myself good with that one today).

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