Atheism: Our experience of evil argues against the existence of God. Reply 1: evil is simply the absence of the good or real: it follows from being imperfect (Augustine) Response: why, then, does God create at all? Reply 2: evil is defined from our perspective
Agnosticism: We don’t know if God exists. So why do people believe in God?
depend on dispassionate reason but on the practical difference it makes in our life
Blaise Pascal (1623-62)
St. Teresa of Avila (1515-82)
Objections: How can finite beings experience an infinite God? and how do we know that such experiences are not simply wish fulfillments, illusions, or hallucinations?