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 Acquiring and Protecting Unreasonable Beliefs

Solomon Schimmel.

in The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs

July 2008; p ublished online September 2008 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Religion. 23370 words.

This chapter examines how people acquire religious beliefs and protect them even when they are irrational. It integrates insights from psychology (Festinger on cognitive dissonance; Hinde...

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The Act of Faith

Gregory W. Dawes.

in Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion

February 2015; p ublished online April 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Religion. 12179 words.

Both defenders and critics of religion assume that religious belief resembles other forms of propositional belief and can be assessed in the same manner. They may think of it as a belief...

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Adrian Haddock.

in Philosophy

P ublished online May 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art; Epistemology; Feminist Philosophy; History of Western Philosophy; Metaphysics; Moral Philosophy; Non-Western Philosophy; Philosophy of Language; Philosophy of Law; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Religion; Philosophy of Science; Social and Political Philosophy. 6449 words.

The philosophy of action shares with its topic a certain uncertainty of location. Is action located inside the mind or outside the mind—or does it in some way belong to both domains...

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George Pattison.

in Kierkegaard and the Quest for Unambiguous Life

January 2013; p ublished online May 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Religion. 11739 words.

This chapter follows a trajectory of Kierkegaard reception that began in Austro-Hungary in the early years of the twentieth century and that led to the Dane being drawn into the radical...

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Richard Swinburne.

in Providence and the Problem of Evil

August 1998; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Religion. 13519 words.

A third goal that a good God would have would be to give creatures the free will to choose between good and bad (or, alternatively, spontaneous desires to do what is good), so that by their...

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Actions, Agents, Agency, and Explanation in Athanasius

William J. Abraham.

in Divine Agency and Divine Action, Volume II

November 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology; Philosophy of Religion. 10866 words.

In this chapter, the author engages the theology of the fourth-century bishop Athanasius. For Athanasius, given the kind of agent that God is, God’s coming in Christ is a coherent and...

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Active Passivity: Maximus on the Passion of Jesus Christ

Paul M. Blowers.

in Maximus the Confessor

February 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Early Christianity; Philosophy of Religion. 12054 words.

The “mystery of Christ” is an expansive construction in Maximus’ theology, embracing not only divine incarnation proper but every phase of Christ’s earthly ministry and passion as...

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Actually Aid the Case for Theism?

Joshua C. Thurow.

in Probability in the Philosophy of Religion

April 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Religion. 8765 words.

In recent years philosophers have begun to reflect more deeply on the significance of disagreement between equally rational and well-informed peers. Many, including Richard Feldman, have...

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Add Insight and Stir

J. L. Schellenberg.

in The Hiddenness Argument

July 2015; p ublished online August 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Religion. 8148 words.

This chapter explains the neglected but obvious point that one cannot be in a personal relationship with someone without believing that they exist. Neither can one be open to such...

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Jean-Luc Nancy.

December 2012; p ublished online May 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Philosophy of Religion. 136 pages.

This second volume in The Deconstruction of Christianity explores the stance or bearing that would be appropriate for us now, in the wake of the dis-enclosure of religion and the retreat of...

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