Belief, Faith, Acceptance, and Hope

Robert Audi

in Rationality and Religious Commitment

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199609574
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731822 | DOI:
Belief, Faith, Acceptance, and Hope

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What is faith and how does it differ from belief? What are its varieties? How is it stronger than hope? Is it equivalent to acceptance? Under what conditions is it rational? Is it compatible with evidence—and knowledge—of its object? And how does it figure in religious commitment? This chapter answers these questions and develops an account of faith as irreducibly distinct from belief and other cognitive attitudes, but also potentially strong enough to guide daily life.

Keywords: faith; belief; hope; acceptance; evidence; cognitive attitudes; rationality

Chapter.  15916 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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