chapter  8
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Beyond theism and atheism: the search for truth


In this chapter, I develop the idea that arguments between theists and atheists about the existence of God have played too much of a role in the quest to find the truth which they aim to discover. I am not suggesting that these exchanges are unimportant. They have yielded all sorts of fascinating claims for and against God’s existence. Yet, while these arguments are interesting and yield intellectual insights, they provide a very limited account of the lived experience of religious belief and atheism. I argue, by contrast, that a better approach to the question of God’s existence is provided by concentrating on the actual experiences of believing in God and of living life as an atheist. Recognising differences that these experiences make to human life identifies the question of God in a much sharper and more relevant focus.