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Theistic Proofs, Person Relativity, and the Rationality of Religious Belief

William J. Wainwright

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/9780199603718.003.0006
Theistic Proofs, Person Relativity, and the Rationality of Religious Belief

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This chapter defends the use of theistic proofs in a wide variety of religiously significant contexts; argues that classical proofs such as the ontological or cosmological arguments for God’s existence are actually parts of wider cumulative case arguments; develops and explores the implications of George Mavrodes’s contention that arguments are “person-relative” in the sense that a good argument for one person may not be a good argument for another; and defends the conception of a rational religious belief that emerges from the discussion against an objection suggested by some recent work of John Schellenberg.

Keywords: cosmological arguments; cumulative case arguments; Mavrodes; ontological arguments; Schellenberg; theistic proofs

Chapter.  10064 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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