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Epistemology in Philosophy of Religion

Philip L. Quinn

in The Oxford Handbook of Epistemology

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195301700
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195301700.003.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Epistemology in Philosophy of Religion

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This article focuses on the central problem of religious epistemology for monotheistic religions. It is divided into two main sections. The first section discusses arguments for God's existence. It explores what epistemic conditions such arguments would have to satisfy to be successful and whether any arguments satisfy those conditions. The second section examines the claims of Reformed Epistemology about belief in God. It assesses Alvin Plantinga's claim that belief in God is for many theists properly basic, that is, has positive epistemic status even when it is not based on arguments or any other kind of propositional evidence. This article distinguishes two versions of this claim. According to the first, theistic belief is properly basic with respect to justification or rationality. According to the second version, theistic belief is properly basic with respect to warrant.

Keywords: religious epistemology; God's existence; Reformed Epistemology; epistemic status; justification; rationality

Article.  12996 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Epistemology ; Philosophy of Religion

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