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Believing by Faith: An Essay in the Epistemology and Ethics of Religious Belief

John Bishop


Can it be justifiable to commit oneself ‘by faith’ to a religious claim when its truth lacks adequate support from one's total available evidence? After critiquing both Wittgensteinian and Reformed epistemologies of religious belief, this book defends a modest fideism that understands theistic commitment as involving ‘doxastic venture’ in the face of evidential ambiguity: practical commitment to propositions held to be true through ‘passional’ causes (causes other than the recognition of evidence of or for their truth). It is argued that the justifiability of religious faith-ventures is ultima ... More

Keywords: doxastic voluntarism, epistemology, ethics, evidential ambiguity, evidentialism, fideism, Reformed epistemology, theism, William James

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199205547
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205547.001.0001


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John Bishop, author
University of Auckland
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