Question about Atheists and Self-Consistency

Question about Atheists and Self-Consistency December 31, 2011

[Please head over to the newer post On Defining Atheism and Atheists.]

Consider the following description of a human being X:

X believes that a personal God exists and X believes that a personal God does not exist.

I’m interested in which of these options you’d say is correct:

(A) There is no person who satisfies that description;

(B) Any person who satisfies that description is an atheist;

(C) Any person who satisfies that description is not an atheist;

(D) Any person who satisfies that description is neither an atheist nor not an atheist.

It’s clear that any such person is intellectually dishonest, is self-contradictory, is self-deceived, etc.

That’s not the issue.


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