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Atheist Julian Baggini visits the Natural History Museum in London to illustrate his preference for natural explanations over supernatural ones. He raises the question as to why an all-loving, all-powerful God would create a world of suffering, pointing out that atheists do not find the existence of suffering a puzzle – it just happens. For Baggini, scientific accounts are more powerful, more convincing and better supported by the evidence than supernatural explanations.
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29 June 2007

Classroom Ideas

Julian Baggini argues for a natural explanation over a supernatural one as to why the world exists and things happen. Put students in pairs and ask them to come up with reasons why religious believers still retain their faith in God, despite scientific explanations and suffering. Get them to then rank these reasons in order of most convincing and then faciliatte a discussion of their thoughts.

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