Analysis Of Mccloskey's Essay On Being An Atheist

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McCloskey wrote a paper, “On Being an Atheist” in 1968. This paper was his way of trying to prove that there is no God. He compares a lot with atheist and theists ways of looking at how people believe in God and that he does not believe that there is a God with some of the ways that the world functions. An atheist is someone who does not believe, but he makes it seem like it is easier to be an atheist where he feels that theists are just miserable. He contends that theists really do not believe in the proofs, but turn to religion for other reasons. According to the video from Foreman’s, “Approaching the Question of Gods Existence”, we need to be mindful that there are different aspects of looking to believe that God is here with us, not physically, …show more content…
He says that in order for this to be true there had to be some genuine examples for the design and purpose, but there are no examples so there is no intelligent designer. One of the ways that I believe that one of the examples from Evans and Manis’ reading is the what Aquinas believes is the “beneficial order.” This shows us that there are a lot of living things in the world that are made of many human features, such as animals. They all have lungs, stomachs, brains, eyes, ears, mouths, etc. This shows me that there was an intelligent being making these decisions on building the universe and everything that lives in it, and that is God. McCloskey evolution needs a designer, but how do we know that is true? Well one of the things that makes us believe that evolution has a designer is due to the fact of a defender who believes that God is the designer and he has realized his purpose in his designs. I would have to say that even though there is no real proof in the teleological argument that God was our designer of the universe, that as a person who believes that there is a God, we must decide for ourselves what we believe and don’t believe about the universe. Evil is something that has been in the world, going back to the Biblical days of Cain and Abel, where two brothers, who because of jealousy and anger, made Cain kill Abel. This was pure evil and God punished Cain for …show more content…
He states that theists find faith in their lives and use it to understand God. However, McCloskey also tells us that his works are alleged and that we are not able to prove that he is “all-perfect” (McCloskey 1968, 52). He talks about all kinds of evil in the world including physical and moral, and because of these types of evils is the reason that atheists cannot believe in God. I would have to say that unfortunately not everyone is good, but we must remember that evil is coming from a person’s inner gut. There are many reasons that a person may have to turn to evil, such as protecting themselves from another evil source, this would be called “greater good”. I want to believe that people are evil in their genes. I believe that they turn that way due to many other things, family, stress, and most of all society. Theists who have read Mackie’s argument that good takes away the evil, believe this happens. It is explained that the there is a second-order good, where there is a logical reason for existence of evil by the good. When McCloskey talks about the free will in his paper he is telling us that why would God allow this and not make us biased to virtue and we can choose what is right. He believes that with the evil in the world that there can be no God or “Supreme Being.” In the reading of Evans and

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