Believing That God Exists Because the Bible Says So

Faith and Philosophy 13 (1):121-124 (1996)
The paper considers René Descartes’ assertion that believing that God exists because the Bible says so, and believing that what the Bible says is true because God says it, involves circular reasoning. It argues that there is no circularity involved in holding these beliefs, and maintains that the appearance of circularity results from an equivocation. It considers a line of argument that would defend the rationality of holding these beliefs, but does not try to prove its soundness.
Keywords Descartes  existence of God  divine revelation
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DOI 10.5840/faithphil19961319
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