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Title: "I believe in god": defending religious belief against the challenge of epistemically irrelevant influences
Authors: Tan, Joy Angelina
Keywords: Humanities::Philosophy
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Source: Tan, J. A. (2023). "I believe in god": defending religious belief against the challenge of epistemically irrelevant influences. Final Year Project (FYP), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. https://hdl.handle.net/10356/165443
Abstract: “You only believe in God because you were raised in a religious family.” Propositions such as this are understandably concerning to anyone who holds religious convictions. Reason being, the realisation that our belief in God may have been a result of irrelevant influences, such as our environment or upbringing, poses a significant challenge to the rationality and reliability of our religious belief. This paper, therefore, aims to defend the rationality of religious belief against the challenge of epistemically irrelevant influences. First, I argue that we are within our rational rights to maintain our belief in God even upon realising that it may have been affected by irrelevant influences. Secondly, I demonstrate how irrelevant influences can play a role in grounding our religious belief, but in a way which does not undermine the rationality of our belief in God.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/165443
Schools: School of Humanities 
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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