Thomism and Atheism
Article first published online: 2 FEB 2011
© 2011 The Author. New Blackfriars © 2011 The Dominican Society.
Volume 92, Issue 1041, pages 565–573, September 2011
How to Cite
Schall, J. V. (2011), Thomism and Atheism. New Blackfriars, 92: 565–573. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2010.01370.x
- Issue published online: 1 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 2 FEB 2011
Atheism, the thesis that God does not exist and Thomism, the thesis that there are “proofs” for the existence of God based on experience and reason can be juxtaposed to each other as two extremes. On the other hand, the very statement of each implies the need to consider the other, so that the atheist and the Thomist both claim to belong to rational discourse, however much they differ in conclusions. The scriptural tradition has consistently found the one who says there is “no God” to be “foolish,” that is, someone with more than just an intellectual error.