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Philosopher Thomas Nagel wrote in his influential book The Last Word: ‘I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that’.

Graham Veale & David Glass

This was a mature and self-reflective comment made by a man of intimidating intelligence. Nagel is a convinced atheist. But he is not so obstinate as to ignore the insightful arguments for religious belief. In fact, these arguments force him to examine his own motivations for being an atheist.