Graduate studies at Western
Religious Studies 47 (4):465-478 (2011)
|Abstract||This paper sketches an evidential atheological argument that can be answered only if one of the central tenets of some theistic traditions is rejected, namely, that (propositional) belief in God is a necessary condition for salvation. The basic structure of the argument is as follows. Under theism, God is essentially omniscient, but no one can be both omniscient and irrational. So, if there is reason to hold that God is irrational, then it would follow that God doesn’t exist. And there is reason to hold that God is irrational. To wit, God both hides and, according to some theistic traditions, requires belief. But it is irrational for God both to hide and require belief; therefore, God is irrational. Since a crucial – and controversial – premise in the argument is that it is irrational for God to both hide and require belief, a large part of the paper is devoted to defending that premise.|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Hugh Rice (2003). God and Goodness. OUP Oxford.
Greg Janzen (2011). Pascal's Wager and the Nature of God. Sophia 50 (3):331-344.
Joshua C. Thurow (2013). Does Cognitive Science Show Belief in God to Be Irrational? The Epistemic Consequences of the Cognitive Science of Religion. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 74 (1):77-98.
Timothy Chappell (2011). Theism in Historical Perspective. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 3 (1):123 - 138.
J. J. MacIntosh (1994). Belief-in Revisited: A Reply to Williams. Religious Studies 30 (4):487 - 503.
Antony F. Campbell (2008). The Whisper of Spirit: A Believable God Today. W. B. Eerdmans Pub..
George I. Mavrodes (1970). The Rationality of Belief in God. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.,Prentice-Hall.
Victor Cosculluela (1996). Bolstering the Argument From Non-Belief. Religious Studies 32 (4):507 - 512.
Stephen Maitzen (2006). Divine Hiddenness and the Demographics of Theism. Religious Studies 42 (2):177-191.
Alvin Plantinga (1967). God and Other Minds. Cornell University Press.
Patrick Lee (1989). Reasons and Religious Belief. Faith and Philosophy 6 (1):19-34.
Anthony Kenny (2007). Knowledge, Belief, and Faith. Philosophy 82 (3):381-397.
C. Stephen Evans (1988). Kierkegaard and Plantinga on Belief in God. Faith and Philosophy 5 (1):25-39.
Added to index2011-05-14
Total downloads29 ( #48,152 of 739,356 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #61,680 of 739,356 )
How can I increase my downloads?