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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199283927

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283927.001.0001

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The Value of Rational Religious Belief

The Value of Rational Religious Belief

(p.83) 3 The Value of Rational Religious Belief
Faith and Reason

Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

There is an obligation to seek true beliefs on religious matters both in order to discover whether we have other obligations (e.g., to worship and serve God), and in order to teach the truth about religion to those whom we have an obligation to educate. It is also good (though not obligatory) to seek such true belief both for its own sake, and in order to discover how to attain deep and lasting well-being, that is salvation. However, we should seek to acquire only those beliefs about religion which adequate investigation shows to be probable, and (barring special circumstances) not attempt to induce religious beliefs by irrational means. There is a majority Christian tradition that good arguments for the existence of God are available for those who need them. The idea of rational belief has been considered in depth by Anslem, Aquinas, Barth, Clifford, Kierkegaard, and Pascal.

Keywords:   Anselm, Aquinas, Barth, Clifford, Kierkegaard, Pascal, rational belief, religion, salvation

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