The Epistemic Benefits of Religious Disagreement

Religious Studies (forthcoming)
Katherine Dormandy
University of Innsbruck
Scientific researchers welcome disagreement as a way of furthering epistemic aims. Religious communities, by contrast, tend to regard it as a potential threat to their beliefs. But I argue that religious disagreement can help achieve religious epistemic aims. I do not argue this by comparing science and religion, however. For scientific hypotheses are ideally held with a scholarly neutrality, and my aim is to persuade those who are committed to religious beliefs that religious disagreement can be epistemically beneficial for them too.
Keywords religious disagreement  religious epistemology  Reformed epistemology  religious evidentialism  fundamentalism  dogmatism
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