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The core point Mackie is making is he thinks that all the arguments for God’s existence have been shown by philosophers to be faulty.
He does note that there is not a need to convince someone that there is no reason for believing in God. First thing is to be clear on what this ‘problem of evil’ is, and why it shows that belief in God not only lacks thoughtful support but is also, in a very strong sense not rational. Mackie says the problem is “God is omnipotent; God is wholly good; and yet evil exists. There seems to be some contradiction between these three propositions so that if any two of them were true the third would be false. But at the same time all three are essential parts of most theological positions: the theologian, it seems, at once must and cannot consistently adhere to all three.” The core point of Rowe’s essay is