Faith and Reason

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"it is possible that theistic and Christian belief have warrant"

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"Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin concur on the claim that there is a kind of natural knowledge of God"

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"Calvin's basic claim is that there is a sort of instinct, a natural human tendancy, a disposition, a nisus to form beliefs about God under a variety of conditions and in a variety of situations"

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"the right way for the open-minded enquirer to approach the question of God's existence is to look for grounds or reasons or evidence for thinking that God doesn't exist"

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"although properly basic beliefs are not based on reasons, they can have grounds"

"But in the theistic case, ther is simply a huge gap between the belief and what is supposed to ground it"

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"the belief in God can be fully justified even if the beliver knows nothing of the supporting arguments"

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"they assume that there is a single difference between reason and faith that a line may be drawn with faith entirely on one side and reason entirely on the other"

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"faith is portrayed as reaosn's loyal ally, holding the fort until reason can arrive"

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"faith need not be taken to be belief; faith can instead be construed as commitment to a set of fundamental assumptions in the hope of salvation"

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"it is wrong, always, everywhere, and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence"

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First Vatican Council

"If anyone says that the one true God, our Creator and Lord, cannot be known with certainty by the natural light of human reason by means of the things that are made let him be anathema"

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