Faith in Theory and Practice: Essays on the Justification of Religious Belief

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Two views of theistic faith are presented in this book. Some contributors see faith as a set of beliefs about God and seek substantiation for those beliefs. Others perceive faith less as a set of beliefs than as a special way of living in relationship to God. The connection between these two views is an intriguing theme winding through the collection and explicitly addressed by Michael A. Brown in the closing essay. The epistemology of religion is now one of the most exciting and controversial areas in philosophy...
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Overview

Two views of theistic faith are presented in this book. Some contributors see faith as a set of beliefs about God and seek substantiation for those beliefs. Others perceive faith less as a set of beliefs than as a special way of living in relationship to God. The connection between these two views is an intriguing theme winding through the collection and explicitly addressed by Michael A. Brown in the closing essay. The epistemology of religion is now one of the most exciting and controversial areas in philosophy of religion. These eleven essays by recognized leaders in the field and outstanding new voices exhibit the diversity of approaches and the subtle unity of concerns that characterize the best work in this discipline. The repeated comparison of religious beliefs and their justification with scientific theories and their testing is especially useful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812692471
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Pages: 235
  • Sales rank: 1,451,896
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Introduction
1 The Fulfillment of Promises as Evidence for Religious Belief 1
2 An Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism 35
3 Faith as Imperfect Knowledge 67
4 The Certainty of Faith 75
5 On the Rationality of Being Religious 91
6 Religious Experiences: Skepticism, Gullibility, or Credulity? 103
7 Hume's Evidential/Testimonial Epistemology, Probability, and Miracles 117
8 Religious and Scientific Uses of Anecdotal Evidence 141
9 Intellectual Virtue in Religious Epistemology 171
10 Reformed Epistemology and Epistemic Duty 189
11 Skepticism, Religious Belief, and the Extent of Doxastic Reliability 209
Index 227
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