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Introduction

Kelly James Clark and Raymond J. VanArragon

in Evidence and Religious Belief

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603718
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729287 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603718.003.0001
Introduction

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This introduction sketches some background to the central topics of the book. Those topics include the requirement that religious belief be based on evidence, the ways in which background beliefs have an effect on the evidence a subject may have for or against religious belief, and the nature of the evidence that is available. This introduction summarizes the differences between evidentialism and Reformed epistemology on the evidence requirement for religious belief, as well as some contemporary variations on evidentialism, and it also suggests some ways that religious believers have explained the failure of unbelievers to see the evidence that believers think is there. The book’s chapters are briefly summarized, with an eye to indicating how they contribute to the current discussion.

Keywords: evidence; religious belief; evidentialism; reformed epistemology; background beliefs

Chapter.  5287 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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