“The fool says in his heart, there is no God”: Atheism in Psalm 14


Étienne-Noël Bassoumboul


Espíritu: ISSN 0014-0716, Year 70, Issue 161, 2021, pages 39-58




The profession of faith of Psalmist is consolidated in the understanding of what is opposed to it, namely atheism. In Psalm 14, it has two dimensions which are the two main places of revelation, that is the two categories of the one Jewish faith: creation and history. This article focuses on the first, starting from the biblical certainty that ori- ginally, every single creature is YHWH’s work. Psalm 14,1-3 alludes to a pragmatic atheism as a process of denaturalization, that is an ontological-oblativ corruption. The- refore, atheism is not simply theoretical. Psalm 14 runs parallels to deny of the existence of God and man’s incapacity of acting well

Key words:

The Fool, to corrupt, the Words, the Wise.


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