Exercise 3

This exercise relates to post 3: More about claims and premises and post 3.1: Assessing Arguments.

Consider the following argument and answer the questions:

“Is God an atheist? By God, I propose to understand a being with the sort of qualities traditionally ascribed to him by orthodox Christian interpretations; namely, all knowing, all powerful, all present. On this definition, there is nothing that God doesn’t know. God does not need to question where he came from or whether a higher or greater power caused his existence. An omniscient God has no existential dilemmas and, hence, has no room for – or need of – faith. Fundamental to the notion of an atheist is the idea of being without faith. Ergo, God is an atheist.”

1. What is the claim?
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2. What are the premises?
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When you are ready, have a look at the answer here.

If you are re-reading this page to do exercise 3.1, you can jump back to exercise 3.1 here.

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