The Importance of Rational Belief

Hugh Rice

in God and Goodness

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250289
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598302 | DOI:
 The Importance of Rational Belief

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Argues that rational belief is important in so far as we are interested in the truth, and that deference to authority does not provide an attractive alternative. Also argues that it cannot be made out that it would be good to have an irrational belief in God by appealing to the importance of trust or, as Pascal's wager does, to the good consequences of belief in God, if he exists. I go on to consider the value of belief in God, when conceived in the way proposed. I conclude that, valuable as this may be, what is most valuable is the knowledge of God's will; because that is knowledge of what is good and what is bad.

Keywords: authority; belief in god; deference; God; God's will; Pascal's wager; rational belief; trust; value

Chapter.  4708 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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