Faith and Philosophy 14 (3):277-286 (1997)

Abstract
A critique of responses to the problem posed to Christian philosophy by the fact of religious plurality by Alvin Plantinga, Peter van lnwagen, and George Mavrodes in the recent Festschrift dedicated to William Alston, and of Alston’s own response to the challenge of religious diversity to his epistemology of religion. His argument that religious experience is a generally reliable basis for belief-formation is by implication transformed by his response to this problem into the principle that Christianity constitutes the sole exception to the general rule that religious experience is an unreliable basis for belief-formation, thus undermining his central thesis. Plantinga’s and van Inwagen’s defenses of the logical and moral permissability of Christian exclusivism fail to address the problem posed by the existence of other equally well-based religious belief-systems with equally valuable fruits in human life. Mavrodes’ discussion of polytheism, and his clarifying questions about religious pluralism, are also discussed
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0739-7046
DOI 10.5840/faithphil199714331
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,159
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Problems of Religious Luck: Assessing the Limits of Reasonable Religious Disagreement.Guy Axtell - 2019 - Lanham, MD, USA & London, UK: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield.
The Problem of Contingency for Religious Belief.Tomas Bogardus - 2013 - Faith and Philosophy 30 (4):371-392.
Disagreement and Religion.Matthew A. Benton - 2021 - In Matthew A. Benton & Jonathan L. Kvanvig (eds.), Religious Disagreement and Pluralism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 1-40.
Religious Diversity (Pluralism).David Basinger - 2014 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:1.

View all 16 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity.Philip L. Quinn & Kevin Meeker (eds.) - 1999 - New York: Oxford University Press.
The Politics of Religious Pluralism.Merold Westphal - 1999 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 1999:1-8.
Theorizing Religious Diversity in a Multicultural World.Victoria S. Harrison - 2007 - ICFAI Journal of History and Culture 1 (1):25-43.
``Pluralism: A Defense of Religious Exclusivism".Alvin Plantinga - 1995 - In Kevin Meeker & Philip Quinn (eds.), The Philosophical Challenge of Religious Diversity. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 172-192.
Religious Ambiguity in Hick’s Religious Pluralism.Amir Dastmalchian - 2009 - International Journal of Hekmat 1:75-89.
A Pragmatic Defense of Religious Exclusivism.Girard Brenneman - 2006 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 8:13-18.
Epistemological Problems of Religious Pluralism.Philip L. Quinn - 1999 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 1999:19-27.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-01-09

Total views
143 ( #75,494 of 2,454,823 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
5 ( #143,372 of 2,454,823 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes