Religion: Atheism Up-to-Date

The fool says in his heart, There is no God.

So wrote the psalmist, thumbing his nose at Israel's village atheists. But in the 20th century, when the conscious rejection of God is more widespread than ever before, writing off all atheists as fools will not suffice, says Father John Courtney Murray (TIME cover, Dec. 12, 1960), best known of the nation's Jesuit theologians. The problem of God has been raised in a new way, and needs a new answer.

Once: Fastidious Doubts. Speaking at Yale University's first annual series of St. Thomas More Lectures, Murray defined the problem of God in Biblical,...

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