Religious Ambiguity and Religious Diversity

Paperback | April 1, 2015

byMckim, Robert

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The religious ambiguity of the world has many aspects, one of which is the hiddenness of God. Theists have proposed a number of explanations of God's hiddenness. Some putative explanations contend that the advantages of God's hiddenness ("goods of mystery") outweigh whatever benefits wouldresult if God's existence and nature were clear to us ("goods of clarity"). Goods of mystery that have received a lot of discussion include human moral autonomy and the ability on our part to exercise control over whether we believe in the existence of God. The extent of the ambiguity that surroundsGod's existence, and indeed all important religious matters, combined with our lack of an obviously correct and adequate explanation of this lack, suggest that, even if God exists, it is not important that people believe in God. Another central theme in the book is the significance of religious diversity for religious belief. The character of this diversity is such that it provides people who take a position on religious matters with reason to adopt the "Critical Stance" - which requires people in all the religioustraditions to subject their religious beliefs to critical scrutiny and hold those beliefs in a tentative way.Some contend that religious faith requires complete confidence in what is believed but tentative belief actually is sufficient to sustain many forms of religious commitment.

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The religious ambiguity of the world has many aspects, one of which is the hiddenness of God. Theists have proposed a number of explanations of God's hiddenness. Some putative explanations contend that the advantages of God's hiddenness ("goods of mystery") outweigh whatever benefits wouldresult if God's existence and nature were clear...

Robert McKim is Professor of Religion and of Philosophy at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:April 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190221267

ISBN - 13:9780190221263

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Hiddenness of God1. The Hiddenness of God: Introduction2. God's Hiddenness and the Possibility of Moral Action3. God's Hiddenness, Freedom to Believe, and Attitude Problems4. Trust and Other Goods of Mystery5. The Hiddenness of God and Arguments for Atheism6. The Hiddenness of God: ImplicationsPart II: Religious Diversity7. Religious Diversity: Introduction8. The Critical Stance I: Tentative Religious Belief9. The Critical Stance II: Arguments and Objections10. Religious Experience and Religious Belief11. Alston on Religious ExperienceNotesIndex

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"A powerful book that deserves serious consideration. McKim's epistemic proposal certainly is intriguing, and anyone looking for a comprehensive introduction to religious epistemology will find Religious Ambiguity and Religious Diversity very satisfying." --Philosphia Christi