Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A faith subject to revision

"These questions are a reminder that our epistemic 'levels' are really just convenient points along a continuum and that, for any individual believer, the location of any particular claim along that continuum is subject to revision in light of new arguments, new experiences, and new discoveries. One can say with some confidence, at any particular moment, which claims appear to be better justified than others, but one must also acknowledge the ongoing religious and theoretical attraction of claims that one cannot, at the moment, find fully convincing. The upshot is a necessary humility and an openness to the claims of the tradition - and the criticisms of those outside it - that, in our view, belong to the essence of what is traditionally known as a life of faith."

Philip Clayton and Steven Knapp, The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith, 134-135


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