Southwest Philosophy Review 35 (1):229-235 (2019)

Don A. Merrell
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Occasionally, in the introductory philosophy courses I teach, a student will give an interesting argument for non-belief in God. Though I have never seen this argument in print, it seems familiar. Basically, the argument goes like this. Religious belief is largely determined by geography – where you are born and raised largely determines your religious beliefs. But believing something just because of where you are born and raised is not a reliable indication of whether that belief turns out to be true. So, in some sense, you are not justified in your religious beliefs. I will attempt a more rigorous reconstruction of this argument and offer an objection to it.
Keywords Religious Belief  Geography  Reliabilism
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ISBN(s) 0897-2346
DOI 10.5840/swphilreview201935124
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