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Raymond J. VanArragon is Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Evidence and Religious Belief. Oxford University Press, 2011

Evidence and Religious Belief. Oxford University Press, 2011

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Evidence and Religious Belief book. A fundamental question in philosophy of religion is whether.

Raymond VanArragon, Kelly James Clark. In recent years two prominent positions on this issue have been staked out: evidentialism, which claims that proper religious belief requires evidence; and Reformed epistemology, which claims that it does not. Evidence and Religious Belief contains eleven chapters by prominent philosophers which push the discussion in new directions. The volume has three parts. Raymond J.

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Evidence and Religious Belief is a collection of essays organized around epistemological topics within the philosophy of religion. requires us to regard their beliefs favorably. This opens the door for a common consent argument. The volume takes up three central questions concerning evidence and religious belief: first, whether religious belief requires evidence to be rational; second, the role desires and attitudes play in affecting what evidence we have or by influencing our assessment of the evidence; and, third, what evidence there is for and against particular religious beliefs. The volume is loosely focused on the work of George Mavrodes.

The book has three parts. The third part of the book contains chapters that discuss actual evidence for and against religious belief. Chapters in the first part explore the demand for evidence: some object to it while others seek to restate it or find space for compromise between Reformed epistemology and evidentialism.

Religious beliefs, at least a great many of them, contain the conceptual resources for the flourishing of tolerance. Although religious believers are often intolerant, specific religious beliefs can and should motivate practitioners to principled tolerance

Religious beliefs, at least a great many of them, contain the conceptual resources for the flourishing of tolerance. Although religious believers are often intolerant, specific religious beliefs can and should motivate practitioners to principled tolerance. I will make my case for tolerance within the context of religious diversity. I shall argue that certain skeptical understandings of religious diversity are not adequate for the grounding of tolerance.

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A fundamental question in philosophy of religion is whether religious belief must be based on evidence in order to be properly held. In recent years two prominent positions on this issue have been staked out: evidentialism, which claims that proper religious belief requires evidence; and Reformed epistemology, which claims that it does not. Evidence and Religious Belief contains eleven chapters by prominent philosophers which push the discussion in new directions. The volume has three parts. The first part explores the demand for evidence: some chapters object to it while others seek to restate it or find space for compromise between Reformed epistemology and evidentialism. The second part explores ways in which beliefs are related to evidence; that is, ways in which the evidence for or against religious belief that is available to a person can depend on that person's background beliefs and other circumstances. The third part contains chapters that discuss actual evidence for and against religious belief. Evidence for belief in God includes the so-called common consent of the human race and the way that such belief makes sense of the moral life; evidence against it includes profound puzzles about divine freedom which suggest that it is impossible for a being to be morally perfect.

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This edited volume provides fresh perspectives on perennial problems in Analytic philosophy of religion. Both the editors and the contributors deserve much praise!
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This is probably the weakest collection of philosophy of religion papers I've ever read. The essays are, overall, poorly argued and poorly written. Seem read like blog posts without a clear thesis (e.g., Kelly's "Reflections on Consensus Gentium"); some make arguments with key premises simply absent (e.g., Zagzebski's "Epistemic Self Trust..."); and in some the authors are pretty clearly outside their areas of familiarity (e.g., Clark and Samuel's "Morality and Happiness"--e.g., they claim that humans as self-interest-maximizers is "one of the better attested theories of human nature," but you'd have to not have read much, if any, psychology of decision making and judgment for the last 40 years to still think this). The stronger papers in the volume are Tucker's "Phenomenal Conservatism..." and Rowe's "Divine Perfection and Freedom." Many capable philosophers contributed such papers to this collection, but the papers are on the whole drafts that should have seen more revision and peer review.
Evidence and Religious Belief download epub
Humanities
Author: Kelly James Clark
ISBN: 0199603715
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 9, 2011)
Pages: 240 pages