Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology by R. Douglas Geivett

By R. Douglas Geivett

This designated textbook--the first to provide balanced, finished assurance of all significant views at the rational justification of non secular belief--includes twenty-four key papers by means of a few of the world's major philosophers of faith. prepared in six sections, each one representing an incredible method of non secular epistemology, the e-book starts with papers through famous atheists, surroundings the degree for the most theistic responses--Wittgensteinian Fideism, Reformed epistemology, common theology, prudential money owed of spiritual ideals, and rational trust dependent in non secular experience--in each one case supplying a consultant pattern of papers through prime exponents, a severe paper, and a considerable bibliography. A accomplished introductory essay and considerable cross-references support scholars to distinction and review different methods, whereas the general association encourages them to evaluate the complete variety of philosophical positions at the issue.
Carefully chosen to supply either a complete review of present paintings and a sequence of recent views on many vintage sources--Swinburne's special dialogue of Hume's critique of the layout argument, for instance, in addition to a whole part comparing and lengthening Pascal's well-known Wager--the essays additionally offer a uniquely readable survey that would be worthwhile in a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes in philosophy of faith and epistemology.

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For the thesis that the onus of proof lies upon the theist is entirely independent of these biographical and sociological facts. What is perhaps slightly awkward for present purposes is the formulation of the first Objection: "It seems that God does not exist. For if of two contrary things one were to exist without limit the other would be totally eliminated. • Atheism by this word 'God' is something good without limit. So if God were to have existed no evil would have been encountered. But evil is encountered in the world.

Another instructive feature of Pascal's argument is his unwarranted assumption that there are only two betting options, neither of which, on the assumption of total ignorance, can be awarded any measure of positive probability. Granted all this, it then appears compulsively reasonable to wager one's life on the alternative which promises and threatens so inordinately much. But the number of theoretically possible world-systems is infinite, and the subset of those making similar promises and threats is also infinite.

Since the universe is an entity with a large magnitude it is improbable that it was created by a single designer. Thus, when one takes into account the particular attributes involved in the unique Atheistic TeleologicalArguments 45 case of the creation of the universe, the probability that the universe was created by an intelligent being becomes vanishingly small. 4 Consequently, he cannot assume that P(D) is very low whereas P(~D) is very high. She argues that in fact it is very hard to assess these probabilities inductively since there are few cases on whose origin the theist and the atheist agree.

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