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The ethics of belief and Christian faith as commitment to assumptions

  • RIK PEELS (a1)

In this paper I evaluate Brian Zamulinski's recent attempt to rebut an argument to the conclusion that having any kind of religious faith violates a moral duty. I agree with Zamulinski that the argument is unsound, but I disagree on where it goes wrong. I criticize Zamulinski's alternative construal of Christian faith as existential commitment to fundamental assumptions. It does not follow that we should accept the moral argument against religious faith, for at least two reasons. First, Zamulinski's Cliffordian ethics of belief is defective in several regards. Second, the truth of doxastic involuntarism and the possibility of doxastic excuse conditions can be used to demonstrate that the argument is unconvincing.

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Brian Zamulinski Christianity and the ethics of belief’, Religious Studies, 44 (2008), 333346.

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Dana M. Radcliffe Nondoxastic faith: Audi on religious commitment’, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 37 (1995), 7386.

Brian Zamulinski Religion and the pursuit of truth’, Religious Studies, 39 (2003), 4360

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Religious Studies
  • ISSN: 0034-4125
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