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Jonathan L. Kvanvig

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806967.001.0001

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The Posture of Faith

The Posture of Faith

(p.227) 10 The Posture of Faith
Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 8

Meghan Page

Oxford University Press

While faith is often described as a cognitive state, many philosophers argue that faith includes a noncognitive factor, and is not merely a species of belief. In this chapter, a novel model of this affective component is developed, based on recent work in clinical psychology concerning the relationship between posture and approach motivation. It further argues that this model accurately represents many crucial features of faith: faith can motivate us to act against our desires, faith is both voluntary and passive, faith makes us vulnerable, faith is an activity, and faith can intensify belief.

Keywords:   faith, approach motivation, clinical psychology, noncognitive faith, posture

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