The central problem of religious epistemology
reconciling faith with intellectual honesty.
Knowledge is justified true belief
Condition of Correspondence
Condition of VerificationPosition
: faith is expressive or emotive (e.g. R. B. Braithwaite)Position
: faith is fideistic (e.g. S. Kierkegaard)Position
: faith is bipolar, evidential grounds are necessary but lacking (e.g. W. Pannenberg)Position
: traditional reading of faith (e.g. natural theology)1.
syllogistic, vertical argumentation (mode of premises and conclusions)2.
truth is propositionala.
correspondence theory = adequation of truth and reality b.
coherence theory = proposition logically consistent with other propositionswithin a belief systemc.
pragmatic theory = truth is what worksPosition
: rethinking religious epistemology1.
The character of the truth of faith is
(cf. I.T. Ramsey’s disclosuremodel theory).2.
This character of excessivity contravenes the traditional laws of thoughta.
Law of Identity (A is A, but something more) b.
Law of Non-contradiction (tradition of negative theology, A and –A)c.
Law of the Excluded Middle (faith is eschatological, already-but-not-yet,hence the instantiation of a middle term, a
).Faith and Event MetaphysicsFrom Being to BecomingFrom Substance to ProcessFrom Object to EventLuminaries include: Alfred North Whitehead, Isabelle Stengers, Gilles Deleuze, AlainBadiou, Claude Romano, etc.
Is thecognitivedimensionof religious belief essential?Is supportnecessary?Can reasons be given?Must they bea priori /a posteriori
A BC D E