Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism 25 (2):187-207 (2017)

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Jason Megill
Bentley College
Dan Linford
Purdue University
Abstract
We first argue that there are cases of “blameless non-belief.” That is, some people—through no fault of their own—fail to enter into a conscious relationship with God. But if so, then it would be unjust of God to make certain particular goods depend upon one having a conscious relationship with God. So, given that God is just, then despite what some theists believe, a relationship with God cannot be a necessary condition for the attainment of these goods; there might, e.g., be atheists in heaven, even assuming that theism is true. This implies that religion is a far less important component of people’s lives than many might think.
Keywords God  divine hiddenness  religious epistemology  religious pluralism  soteriology  the meaning of life  theology
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DOI 10.1558/eph.33854
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