Religious belief as basic

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Religious belief as basic


  • Suggested by Plantinga, using an approach know as Reformed epistemology
  • Religious belief can be a basic belief/foundational belief without being self-evident or incorrigible or infallible
  • Belief in God can be basic for a person, so they can be rationally justified without argument.


  • What about the belief the Great Pumpkin returns every Halloween? Could that be basic?
    • The response of Plantinga suggests that the basic belief in God has grounds while the Great Pumpkin does not.


  • You seem someone rolling around, looking as if they are pain and you have the belief this person is actually in pain. There behaviour that they are in pain is not evidence that they actually are in pain…and you do not infer the belief he is pain from other beliefs.


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