Uncertain Belief: Is It Rational to Be a Christian? / Edition 1

Uncertain Belief: Is It Rational to Be a Christian? / Edition 1

by David J. Bartholomew
     
 

The certainties which underpinned Christian belief have crumbled in a world where science sets the standard of what is true. A rational case for belief must therefore be constructed out of uncertainties. Probability theory provides the tools for measuring and combining uncertainties and is thus the key to progress. This book examines four much debated topics where the… See more details below

Overview

The certainties which underpinned Christian belief have crumbled in a world where science sets the standard of what is true. A rational case for belief must therefore be constructed out of uncertainties. Probability theory provides the tools for measuring and combining uncertainties and is thus the key to progress. This book examines four much debated topics where the logic of uncertain reference can be brought to bear. These are: miracles, the paranormal, God's existence, and the Bible. Given the great diversity of evidence, it is not surprising that opposite conclusions have been drawn by supposedly rational people. An assessment of the state of the argument from a probabilistic perspective is overdue. In this book Professor Bartholomew examines and refutes some of the more extravagant claims, evaluates the weight of some of the quantitative evidence, and provides an answer to the fundamental question: can a rational person be a Christian?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198270140
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/13/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
932,979
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1Certainty and Uncertainty3
2The Logic of Uncertainty24
3The Credibility Barrier50
4Miracles79
5The Paranormal115
6Is God's Existence Probable?148
7The Bible189
8Belief and Behaviour225
9Aim and Achievement248
References270
Index277

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