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How the Light Gets InEthical Life I$
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Graham Ward

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297658

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297658.001.0001

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What Makes a Belief Believable?

What Makes a Belief Believable?

(p.255) 9 What Makes a Belief Believable?
How the Light Gets In

Graham Ward

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops the distinction between ‘faith’ and ‘belief’ in terms of an examination of the processes whereby a belief becomes or is made believable, and accepted. It roots ‘belief’ within primary human interactions with the environment that operate at biological and neurological levels. This understanding of belief and how something becomes a belief and believable extends what I call the synchronic axis of believing (as distinct from the diachronic axis of believing as it changes over time). ‘Faith’ is a conscious negotiation with primordial sets of inchoate and conflicting beliefs. The chapter contends that the nature of understanding believing is evidently undergoing a major shift in contemporary culture, which impacts upon the way Christian faith seeks its understanding today.

Keywords:   neuroscience, de Certeau, the forest of knowledges, disposition, virtuality

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