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Disagreement, Deference, and Religious Commitment

John Pittard


The striking extent of religious disagreement suggests that religious conviction is very often the result of processes that do not reliably produce true beliefs. For this reason, many have argued that the only rational response to religious disagreement is to adopt a religious skepticism that eschews confident religious belief. This book contests this conclusion, explaining how it could be rational to maintain confident religious (or irreligious) belief even in the face of persistent disagreement. Part I argues against the commitment to rigorous epistemic impartiality that underlies the case f ... More

Keywords: disagreement, religious disagreement, conciliationism, religious skepticism, higher-order evidence, impartiality, rationalism, rational insight, religious experience, normative uncertainty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190051815
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190051815.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Pittard, author
Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Yale Divinity School