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Faith and Reason

Richard Swinburne

Abstract

Different theologians give different accounts of the kind of faith that is necessary for the practice of a religion such as Christianity. For some, it is simply belief that there is a God (and that he has done various actions); for others, it is trust in God. This book analyses the nature of belief and of trust, and considers when belief and trust are rational. It concludes that the practice of a religion requires a faith that involves both trust and belief, but a fairly weak kind of belief. The book reaches this conclusion by analysing the purposes for practising a religion: the attainment of ... More

Keywords: belief, Christianity, faith, God, philosophy, philosophy of religion, rationality, reason, religion, salvation, Richard Swinburne, theology, trust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1984 Print ISBN-13: 9780198247258
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198247257.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Swinburne, author
University of Keele
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