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Rationality and Religious Commitment$
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Robert Audi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199609574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609574.001.0001

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Internal Challenges to the Rationality of Religious Commitment

Internal Challenges to the Rationality of Religious Commitment

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(p.190) (p.191) 8 Internal Challenges to the Rationality of Religious Commitment
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Rationality and Religious Commitment
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Robert Audi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609574.003.0008

This chapter explores the nature and implications of the most important properties commonly attributed to God in the theology of the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: especially being all-knowing, all-powerful, and wholly good. Do these attributions lead to paradox? And is the rationality of religious commitment undermined by the disagreements common among religious people, even if they belong to the same faith? This chapter defends the possibility of rational religious commitment despite the challenges these problems present.

Keywords:   Judaism, Christianity, Islam, rational religious commitment, paradox

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