Transformed By Faith

Faith and Philosophy 36 (1):4-32 (2019)

Authors
Rebecca Chan
San Jose State University
Abstract
Appealing to self-interest is a common way of justifying the rationality of religious faith. For instance, Pascal’s wager relies upon the expected value of choosing the life of faith being infinite. Similarly, many contemporary arguments for the rationality of faith turn on whether it is better for an agent to have faith rather than lack it. In this paper, I argue, contra Pascal, that considerations of self-interest do not make choosing faith rational because they fail to take into account the way the self is transformed by faith.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
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ISBN(s) 0739-7046  
DOI 10.5840/faithphil2019115116
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