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A Middle Way to God by Garth L. Hallett

By Garth L. Hallett

Charting a "middle means" among the extremes represented via Alvin Plantinga and Richard Swinburne, Garth Hallett explores the thesis that if trust in different minds is rational and actual (as it absolutely is), so too is trust in God. He makes a robust case that once this parity declare is accurately limited to a unmarried, sound other-minds trust, trust in God and trust in different minds do turn out epistemically related. This outcome, and the special direction that results in it, will curiosity scholars and students in philosophy of faith and theology.

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To believers, who view God as covenant partner, loving father, the Compassionate and Merciful, or the Great Spirit, insistence on human autonomy may smack of satanic pride, but a Sartre or a Merleau-Ponty does not rebel against such a God. They and many like them rebel against an emperor, a "big boss," whose every command must be obeyed. I do not claim that their disbelief is morally blameless. I am just suggesting that their antipathy to such an authority figure and the effect of this antipathy on their belief do not evidently entail any guilt on their part.

Her look happens to be the sole ground for that more general belief of minemy belief in her love for her child, whereas more varied grounds back belief in God. To assess the parity claim, I shall need to consider all the evidence on either side of the comparison. A second response to the Subjective Disparity Problem will prove much longer. As a start, I would note that the degree and extent of popular acceptance, at a given time and in a given ambiance, need not match the degree and extent of epistemic backing for a belief.

Such misgivings may be unfounded (see chapter 5), but apparently they are common and, implicating the central value of our scientific culture, are correspondingly strong. ' was the phrase most frequently on our lips. "72 If it is thus in the green wood, what in the dry?  . "74 In the abstract, it may appear difficult to understand how the existence of a supreme, transcendent being would in any way limit human realization, but, as I shall note later on, atheists have not reacted merely to an abstract conception.

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