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Update On My Next Anthology: "The Incompatibility of God and Horrendous Suffering"

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It has been accepted for publication by the Global Center for Religious Research! Below you can see the confirmed authors and chapters. The book shows that it’s exceedingly improbable to the point of refutation for a deity to exist.

I'm still looking for more authors and chapters. Just submit a proposal to me at loftusjohnw@gmail.com, chapters marked with ?? are possible. Submit a proposal.

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The Incompatibility of God and Horrendous Suffering

Theoretical issues surrounding the problem of suffering for various gods are important but not of the utmost importance, in the same way as theoretical issues surrounding the problem of miracles are important but not of the utmost importance. For just as philosophers can endlessly wrangle over the definition of miracles, the kind of evidence required to believe in them, and the demarcation line between supernatural and natural events, so also they endlessly wrangle over the definitions of evil, goodness, omnipotence, omniscience, omnibenelovence, free-will, and other questions in attempts to make suffering compatible with theistic god-concepts, revising their god-concepts down the endless rabbit hole.  

The way to deal honestly with miracles is to focus on the question whether or not there is relevant sufficient objective evidence for an actual miracle, something I’ve previously argued.[i] It’s not to construct endless hypothetical cases to see if a miracle can ever be believed.[ii] So too, the way to deal honestly with the problem of suffering for the various god-concepts is to focus on clear-cut obvious cases of horrendous suffering, the kind everyone can agree on as being horrific which no one can reasonably deny.