Natural Theology, Evidence, and Epistemic Humility

European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):19-42 (2017)
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One not infrequently hears rumors that the robust practice of natural theology reeks of epistemic pride. Paul Moser’s is a paradigm of such contempt. In this paper we defend the robust practice of natural theology from the charge of epistemic pride. In taking an essentially Thomistic approach, we argue that the evidence of natural theology should be understood as a species of God’s general self-revelation. Thus, an honest assessment of that evidence need not be prideful, but can be an act of epistemic humility, receiving what God has offered, answering God’s call. Lastly, we provide criticisms of Moser’s alternative approach, advancing a variety of philosophical and theological problems against his conception of personifying evidence.

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Trent Dougherty
University of Rochester (PhD)
Brandon Rickabaugh
Palm Beach Atlantic University

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