The Case for A-Theism

  • Raphael Lataster
Part of the Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures book series (SCPT, volume 26)


Before delving into Craig’s all-important argument for his particular Christian brand of theism, it is pertinent to consider that his case for bare theism has failed for numerous reasons, even if the unsuccessful arguments were individually considered to be mostly sound and good. It is not obvious that the arguments assemble themselves into a bricolage that proclaims the existence of some god or gods, or some other phenomenon, or even of the existence of some supernatural realm. Furthermore, it is important to note that they do not necessitate theism. Missing from Craig’s case is an argument that either makes clear that theism is the only god-model that could obtain or that eliminates all alternatives as impossible, or at least relatively improbable. In fact, many of these alternative god-conceptions are here examined and judged as being more plausible than the very limited theistic conception. In effect, I argue here for a-theism. I even argue that theism is very improbable. Crucial issues to do with knowing how such a god (or gods) may have revealed itself to humankind shall also be mooted.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raphael Lataster
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  1. 1.Department of Studies in ReligionUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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