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John Henry NewmanA Biography$
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Ian Ker

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569106.001.0001

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The Justification of Religious Belief

The Justification of Religious Belief

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(p.618) 16 The Justification of Religious Belief
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John Henry Newman
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Ian Ker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569106.003.0016

This chapter considers at Newman”s justifications on religious belief. He argued in 1846 that “the measure of probability for certainty” must vary “with the individual mind”. But he was also aware of the Church's inclination on “rational faith based on reason”. Newman wrote that “proof of Religion” is best illustrated by the image of a cable which is comprised of numerous separate threads, fragile on its own, but together as strong as an iron rod. The idea of “cumulating probabilities” leading to “subjective certainty” had been suggested in a paper entitled “On the Certainty of Faith”. This forty-page manuscript contains further thoughts on certainty which Newman proceeded to develop during the next few years. Newman's justifications of religious faith were best described in his most philosophical essay,Grammar of Assent.

Keywords:   justifications, religious belief, proof of religion, Grammar of Assent

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