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The Justification of Science and the Rationality of Religious Belief

Michael C. Banner

Abstract

Believers and non-believers often take it for granted that traditional religious faith is, in principle, incapable of the sort of justification which might be given to a scientific theory. Yet how are scientific theories justified and is it the case that religious belief cannot satisfy the same standards of rationality? Based on a critical examination of recent accounts of the nature of science and of its justification given by Kuhn, Popper, Lakatos, Laudan, and Newton-Smith, this book contends that models of scientific rationality which are used in criticism of religious belief are in fact of ... More

Keywords: believers, non-believers, religious faith, scientific theory, religious belief, rationality, scientific rationality, realist philosophy, scientific justification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198240198
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240198.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael C. Banner, author
Peterhouse, Cambridge