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Does It Make Sense to Be an Atheist?
Closing Statements
Ed Buckner: I can give mine very briefly and that is that the question was, "Does it make sense to be an atheist?" It makes sense to be an atheist unless there is some good reason, some good experience, evidence, logic or whatever to be a theist. And there isn't.

John Rankin: And my answer is that when we come to the issue of what precedes time, space and number, it only makes sense to pursue that. And every understanding in history apart from the Bible has no attempt to understand that. And the Bible describes what there has to be sensibly: something greater that produced what we have according to all human observation. And if we deny all human observation, we also deny the possibility to be a secular humanist or an atheist. I think I'll leave it there.