Maurice,

I agree atheism doesn’t entail a particular cosmology. An atheist can be a naturalist or a dualist or a pragmatist, for example. Plato was technically an atheist.

But in practice today, the best nontheistic rival to theistic cosmology is science-centered. That means the atheist is stuck with methodological naturalism, and that’s what generates some absurdity on the atheistic side, as I argue in the article.

You might be interested in an article I wrote on this issue of ultimate explanations, called Reason, Attitude, and Ultimate Reality.

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Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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