. Faith and the Religious Adequacy of Explanatory Justification

Michael C. Banner

in The Justification of Science and the Rationality of Religious Belief

Published in print July 1992 | ISBN: 9780198240198
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680113 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

. Faith and the Religious Adequacy of Explanatory Justification

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This chapter discusses three arguments against the religious adequacy of explanatory justification. These arguments can be attributed to Lyas, Newman, and MacIntyre. The first argument presented makes illicit use of the notion of a belief as ‘religiously adequate’. The second argument can be dealt with by giving attention to the meaning of the word ‘belief’, while the third argument demands a demonstration that confidence is possible in a faith that is founded on a cumulative case.

Keywords: arguments; religious adequacy; explanatory justification; Lyas; Newman; MacIntyre; belief; confidence; faith

Chapter.  9260 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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