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INTRODUCTION
· Many theists have tried to prove the existence of God by appealing
to rex
· Some appeal to our intuition
· This is risky, there is no empirical evidence to support this
· But we all appeal to our intuition daily, so why is it any different
with rex?
Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire
ripper committed 13 murders and
attempting to murder 7. His
defence? He believed to have
Scholars heard the voice of God. Later he
· Richard Swinburne was diagnosed with serve mental
health problems. How can we
· Caroline Frank Davis
therefore, trust our intuition?…read more

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KNOWLEDGE FROM INTUITION
· A number of theologians have argued that rex are valid forms of
knowledge
· Donovan gives four examples of similarity between `ordinary' e.g. I
know I have two hands and `religious' intuitions e.g. I know God
loves me
· Are these valid examples?
· These intuitions have `mediated immediacy'
· The idea that God can be known fits with the Christian idea of faith
e.g. St Paul on the road to Damascus
· Since knowledge of this sort is both direct and intuitive, it requires
no further argument in support
Scholars
· Richard Swinburne
· William James
· H.P.Owen
· D.Baillie
· Farmer
· A.J.Ayer…read more

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FEELING CERTAIN AND BEING RIGHT
· There are two types of certainty; psychological and rational
· It is possible to feel certain without being right
· How do you know your intuition is actually correct?
· `Being right' means `agreeing with a true set of affairs'
· Being Feeling certain is similar to intuition knowledge
Scholars
· Richard Swinburne
· Bertrand Russell
· Sigmund Freud
· Karl Marx…read more

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KNOWLEDGE ABOUT AND EXPERIENCE OF:
MARTIN BUBER
· Talks of an I-you/thou and I-it relationship
· `Knowledge about' = Factual/ Propositional = I-it
· `Experience of' = Personal = I-You/thou
An I-it relationship involves having knowledge about a person. E.g. I
have knowledge about Winston Churchill so have an I-it
relationship with him. I can state facts about him, he was a British
Prime Minister, but I don't know about personal about him E.g.
What he thought about tea.
An I-you relationship involves having experience of a person. E.g. I
have experience of my mum so I have an I-you relationship with
her. I can rely personal facts and expect to have an encounter with
her E.g. I know she likes tea because I can go to the kitchen and
experience her making tea.…read more

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KNOWLEDGE ABOUT AND EXPERIENCE OF:
MARTIN BUBER ­ CRITICISMS
· Bertrand Russell points how our encounter with people can be
mistaken
· The difference between I-you and I-it can become blurred
· Soaps often show how people are deceived by others
· To have an `experience of' you must have knowledge about
· I cannot have an experience with my mum, if I don't know any
facts about her
· Experience of is not in itself knowledge
· Plenty of instances where first hand knowledge is not important e.
g. A male doctor understanding pregnancy
These criticisms do not show that God is an illusion. They just show
that there are difficulties in giving good reason to believe so.…read more

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