God, the meaning of life, and a new argument for atheism

International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 79 (1):31-47 (2016)
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Abstract

We raise various puzzles about the relationship between God and the meaning of life. These difficulties suggest that, even if we assume that God exists, and even if God’s existence would entail that our lives have meaning, God is not and could not be the source of the meaning of life. We conclude by discussing implications of our arguments: these claims can be used in a novel argument for atheism; these claims undermine an extant argument for God’s existence; and they suggest that atheism is consistent with our lives having meaning

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Dan Linford
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