Review of The Trace of God: A Rational Warrant for Belief. By Joseph Hinman [Book Review]

Studies in Religion 43 (3):529-531 (2014)

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Lantz Fleming Miller
University of Twente
Abstract
The ongoing debates about what rationality consists in remain unsettled and leave plenty of interpretation for what is rational in belief formation and action. Hinman risks a large step in seeming to assume that it is rational not to contravene scientific theories and findings and irrational to disallow this openness. These -- possibilities lending a potential for deistic beliefs not to be inconsistent with rationality. The presumed scientific approach to allowing a rationality in such belief revolves around the development of the so-called "M-scale" in the psychology of belief. The other, even more intense, global debate here is whether such an approach to rationality and rational belief is indeed valid, that is, the ongoing concen of whether such belief is consistent or not with scientific practice, understanding, and method. Readers interested in these debates should be interested in this unusual work and its purports
Keywords mystical experience  ME scale  William James  Abraham Maslow  Ralph Hood  neurological basis of religious experience and belief  rationality
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