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Why am I an atheist?

Why am I an atheist?
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  • Why am I an atheist?
  • 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.
  • Subject:

    Religious Education

       Topic:

    Religion and Science

  • Keywords: atheism, atheist, natural, supernatural, evolution, suffering, God, secular, religion, science, evidence, observation, dinosaurs
Ideas for use in class
  • List Baggini's arguments for a natural explanation over a supernatural one. In pairs, students could come up with reasons why religious believers still retain their faith in God, despite scientific explanations and suffering. Rank these reasons in terms of which believers may think are most convincing.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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