Help Wanted: What is the Primary Source for This Quotation of Bertrand Russell?

From time to time I run across the familiar story about Bertrand Russell being asked how he would justify his nonbelief if he were suddenly in the presence of God. According to the story, Russell replied, “I’d say, ‘Not enough evidence, God, not enough evidence!”

The earliest source I have been able to find for this quotation is:

Wesley Salmon, “Religion and Science: A New Look at Hume’s Dialogues.” Philosophical Studies 33 (1978): 143-76 at 176, n. 20.

Does anyone know if Salmon’s article is the primary source?

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05211466026535549638 Bradley Bowen

    The publication date is much more recent than the Salmon article, but John Searle (supposedly) claims to have heard Russell say that: Mind, Language, and Society: Philosophy in the Real World (NY: Basic Books, 1998), p.36-37.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16641266062186767500 Keith Parsons

    My earliest source for that quote was from the New Yorker magazine, published in 1970 just after Russell's death. Searle, though, was there when the words were spoken by the Master, just like Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05962018593312392087 Leo

    "Searle, though, was there when the words were spoken by the Master, just like Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John."
    LOL


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