Without the Net of Providence: Atheism and the Human Adventure

In Louise M. Antony (ed.), Philosophers without Gods. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 150-164 (2007)
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At first glance, it may appear that those who believe in divine providence have a happier lot and are much less prone to despair than those who reject god and divine providence altogether. That alone may seem to give us good reason to prefer belief to non-belief. I shall argue in this essay that there is almost nothing to be said for either the view that belief in providence provides invincible armor against despair or for the view that the atheist who rejects providence need surrender to a paralyzing despair.
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