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Faith and Reason

Richard Swinburne


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 trust, and considers when belief and trust are rational. It concludes that the practice of a religion requires a faith which 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 rendering of due ... More

Keywords: belief, God, rationality, religion, salvation, trust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199283927
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283927.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Swinburne, author
Emeritus Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, University of Oxford
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