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The Value of Rational Religious Belief

Richard Swinburne

in Faith and Reason

Published in print January 1984 | ISBN: 9780198247258
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598531 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198247257.003.0004
 The Value of Rational Religious Belief

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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. However, we should seek to acquire only those beliefs about religion that adequate investigation shows to be probable, and (barring special circumstances) not attempt to induce religious beliefs by irrational means.

Keywords: Anselm; Aquinas; Barth; belief; Clifford; God; Kant; obligation; Pascal; rational belief; religious education; well‐being; worship

Chapter.  15274 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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