The power of humility in sceptical religion: why Ietsism is preferable to J. L. Schellenberg's Ultimism

Religious Studies 53 (1):97-116 (2017)

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James Elliott
Purdue University
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J. L. Schellenberg’s Philosophy of Religion argues for a specific brand of sceptical religion that takes ‘Ultimism’ – the proposition that there is a metaphysically, axiologically, and soteriologically ultimate reality – to be the object to which the sceptical religionist should assent. In this article I shall argue that Ietsism – the proposition that there is merely something transcendental worth committing ourselves to religiously – is a preferable object of assent. This is for two primary reasons. First, Ietsism is far more modest than Ultimism; Ietsism, in fact, is open to the truth of Ultimism, while the converse does not hold. Second, Ietsism can fulfil the same criteria that compel Schellenberg to argue for Ultimism.
Keywords Ietsism  Ultimism  Skeptical Religion  Sceptical Religion  J.L. Schellenberg  Evolutionary Religion  Humility
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DOI 10.1017/S0034412515000475
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