Evidence and Religious Belief

Hardcover | July 2, 2011

EditorKelly James Clark, Raymond J. VanArragon

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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; andReformed 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, waysin 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 theso-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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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; andReformed epistemology, which claims that it does...

Kelly James Clark is Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author and editor of over fifty articles and fifteen books including The Story of Ethics (Prentice-Hall), Return to Reason (Eerdmans), and Children of Abraham (forthcoming). Raymond J. VanArragon is Associate Professor and Chair of the ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.8 inPublished:July 2, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionI: Exploring the Demand for Evidence1. James Ross: Willing Belief and Rational Faith2. Linda Zagzebski: Epistemic Self-Trust and the Consensus Gentium Argument3. C. Stephen Evans: Religious Experience and the Question of Whether Belief in God Requires Evidence4. Chris Tucker: Phenomenal Conservatism and Evidentialism in Religious EpistemologyII: The Relation of Beliefs to Evidence5. William Wainwright: Theistic Proofs, Person Relativity, and the Rationality of Religious Belief6. E. J. Coffman and Jeff Cervantez: Hiddenness, Evidence, and Idolatry7. Thomas M. Crisp: An Evolutionary Objection to the Argument from EvilIII: Evidence and Religious Belief8. Thomas Kelly: Consensus Gentium: Reflections on the 'Common Consent' Argument for the Existence of God9. Kelly James Clark and Andrew Samuel: Motivating Morality10. William Rowe: Divine Perfection and Freedom11. William Hasker: The Many Gods of Hick and MavrodesJohn Hick: Response to HaskerBibliographyIndex