In we are relieved of those burdens

In
the last part of his argument McCloskey claims that atheism is more comforting
than theism. If it was not for theism we could not consider the meaning of life
or try to figure out what our lives purpose was. We would just live in a world
where we live, and we die with no hope or promise of a better life after death.
For those that believe in the existence of God and believe in His word that was
set forth we have hope, and we gain comfort in that hope of a better life after
death. Through God we are able to share our burdens, and once we are relieved
of those burdens we will be in a much better place. However, for atheism what
you see is what you get they do not believe that they have someone to lighten
their heavy burdens and that once your life is over that is it all there is,
there is nothing else.  

On
the Problem of Evil McCloskey’s main objection to theism is the presence of
evil in the world and he raises it several times: “No being who was perfect
could have created a world in which there was avoidable suffering or in which
his creatures would (and in fact could have been created so as not to) engage
in morally evil acts, acts which very often result in injury to innocent
persons.” Evan and Manis say that “good is opposed to evil, in such a way that
a good thing always eliminates evil as far as it can”. In the beginning God did
not create the world with such evils in it. These evils came about with the
sins of man. Adam and Eve were drove from the garden based on the bad choices
they made, they allowed the evil to be expelled upon the earth. God cleaned up
the evil and the mess of man once with the great flood. If God gave us free
will to make choses for ourselves then we should have to deal with the consequences
of our actions. Even though he is an all-powerful being why should he continue
to clean up the mess that we as a society have brought upon ourselves. If man
wants evil to sice to exist, then we must put an end to it ourselves.   

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McCloskey
claims that the presence of imperfection and evil in the world argues against
“the perfection of the divine design or divine purpose in the world.” He argues
that with the amount of imperfection and evil in the world that God must be
non-existent. He brings up the question as to how could an omnipotent,
all-perfect being create a world that is so imperfect? How can this God allow
such horrendous things to happen?  Evans
and Manis remind us that the cosmological argument and the teleological
argument are not going to give proof of Gods existence they only help us do discover
the knowledge giving to us by God to reach the conclusion of His existence.

reading that
there is a “beneficial order” things do not just occur by chance because they
are far too complex. Everything is designed is such a way that there must be
some kind of “intelligent being exists by whom all natural things are directed
to, that being is God”. McCloskey goes on to say that everything we know and
see came about only through evolution. McCloskey uses Darwin’s theory of evolution
as grounds to base his belief of a non-existing God on. Upon reading the article
On Being an Atheist and the text by Evans and Manis on might argue that evolution
and God intelligent design are one in the same. Once finalizing the order of
things God could have simply just set things in to motion. “The evolutionary
process, is simply the means whereby God, the intelligent designer, realizes
his purposes”. If evolution really did occur, it was only because God allowed
it to.