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Unlike many of the commentators, I think that professor Adams presents us with a rather formidable challenge. Although optimism comes in degrees, as John Perry recently commented on philosophy talk, the idea that it makes no serious difference to our lives, and to our capacity to flourish, if there is no God can only be taken up in bad faith. This doesn't prove that nonbelievers should be downright pessimistic, it just means that the kind of optimism many people vouch for is largely deluded (There is lots of work in experimental psychology to support the delusion too).
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2011 on Marilyn McCord Adams on Evil at philosophy bites
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