Does absence make atheistic belief grow stronger?

Jon Robson
Nottingham University
Discussion of the role which religious experience can play in warranting theistic belief has received a great deal of attention within contemporary philosophy of religion. By contrast, the relationship between experience and atheistic belief has received relatively little focus. Our aim in this paper is to begin to remedy that neglect. In particular, we focus on the hitherto under-discussed question of whether experiences of God’s absence can provide positive epistemic status for a belief in God’s nonexistence. We argue that there is good reason to accept an epistemic parity between experiences of God’s presence and experiences of God’s absence
Keywords Religious experience  Atheism  Alvin Plantinga  C. Stephen Evans
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DOI 10.1007/s11153-015-9532-3
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