God and Evidence: A Cooperative Approach

European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 5 (2):47--61 (2013)
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Abstract

This article identifies intellectualism as the view that if we simply think hard enough about our evidence, we get an adequate answer to the question of whether God exists. The article argues against intellectualism, and offers a better alternative involving a kind of volitional evidentialism. If God is redemptive in virtue of seeking divine -human reconciliation, we should expect the evidence for God to be likewise redemptive. In that case, according to the article, the evidence for God would aim to draw the human will toward cooperation with God’s will. Accordingly, the available evidence for God would be volitionally sensitive in that one’s coming to possess it would depend on one’s volitional stance toward its source. The article identifies some implications for divine hiddenness, traditional natural theology, and the view that the evidence for God’s existence is akin to evidence for a scientific hypothesis.

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Paul K. Moser
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Lord Samuel's Speech at Lord Halsbury's Reception.[author unknown] - 1959 - Philosophy 34 (131):377-381.
Conditions and analyses of knowing.Robert K. Shope - 2002 - In Paul K. Moser (ed.), The Oxford handbook of epistemology. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 25--70.
Undermining the case for evidential atheism.Paul K. Moser - 2012 - Religious Studies 48 (1):83 - 93.
Natural Theology and the Evidence for God.Paul K. Moser - 2012 - Philosophia Christi 14 (2):305-311.
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