07/04/2016

The Justification of Theistic Belief


My paper entitled "Mackie vs Plantinga on the warrant of theistic belief without arguments" has been published in the recent edition of Scientia et Fides (a journal of analytic theology and philosophy of religion) and is available here or here. My abstract is as follows:
My aim in this paper is to critically assess two opposing theses about the epistemology of religious belief. The first one, developed by John Mackie, claims that belief in God can be justified or warranted only if there is a good argument for the existence of God. The second thesis, elaborated by Alvin Plantinga, holds that even if there is no such argument, belief in God can be justified or warranted. I contend that the first thesis is plausibly false, because belief in God is not just like a scientific hypothesis, and the second thesis is likely true if epistemic externalism is the correct view. However, even if the second thesis is true, I argue that to work on good arguments for God’s existence is unavoidable in order to cope with a new version of the Great Pumpkin objection, as well as to achieve other relevant purposes such as to convince rational observers outside the theistic community that belief in God is likely justified or warranted.
Two anonymous referees made some comments on my paper. For example, they said that:
1. The paper discusses issues about the epistemology of religion, more particularly Plantinga's response to Mackie's argument that the justification of religious belief requires argument-based (in the sense of inference) evidence. The author reviews and agrees with Plantinga's position but contends that there's one step further in Plantinga's account in order to solve the "Great Pumpkin objection". Arguments then are required, though not playing the role Mackie attributes to them. I think the paper is written with clarity and the author seems to know all relevant literature.
2. This is interesting article on epistemology of religious belief. The article has three parts. The best, in my opinion is third, critical and original. Second part manifests very good acquaintance with Plantinga's epistemology. First is concerned with Mackie account of rational inquiry on religious belief.
You can read my paper here or here.


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