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Bolstering the Argument from Non-Belief

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 October 2008

Victor Cosculluela
Department of Philosophy, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124, U.S.A.


Does widespread non-acceptance of Christianity constitute evidence for the non-existence of God? Theodore M. Drange has recently claimed that this question requires an affirmative answer if certain widely held views about God are presupposed; if God is construed in a certain way, an ‘Argument from Non-belief’ can be developed for the non-existence of God. I hope to show that a crucial premise of Drange's argument, one for which he provides only weak Biblical evidence, can be defended by means of an a priori argument.

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