By Garth L. Hallett
Charting a "middle manner" 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 without doubt is), so too is trust in God. He makes a powerful case that after this parity declare is adequately constrained to a unmarried, sound other-minds trust, trust in God and trust in different minds do turn out epistemically similar. This end result, and the detailed direction that results in it, will curiosity scholars and students in philosophy of faith and theology.
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Alone, he refused to stand and be saved at the end, and immediately his friends drew away from him. To the preacher's questions, he replied that faith required reason as well as emotion; the revivalist denied that reason was necessary. 13 Countless experiences play variations on this tale, but again no other-minds parallel seems possible. Offended by other people, we are not tempted to deny the existence of other people. Robots, seen as such, would not elicit our resentment. At the opposite extreme from such personal, small-scale influences, Richard Purtill cites a sentiment that might be termed the "cosmic bogey," since it takes a form like this: "Christianity arose when the universe seemed a smaller and cozier affair.
You alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety" (Ps 4:8). Hope With God there is hope; without God there is little hope. "Brief and powerless is man's life;" writes Russell, "on him and all his race the slow, sure doom falls pitiless and dark. " 48 Theistic religions vary in the specifics of their hope, but the words of Paul bespeak a common theme: "No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Cor 2:9). Desire "As a deer longs for flowing streams," the Psalmist chants, "so my soul longs for you, 0 God" (Ps 42:1).
To many people the universe, as science shows it to us, does not feel like the sort of universe which would be made by a personal god. " Belief in other minds is safe from any comparable corrosion. Indeed, it is our conception of human care and concern, so limited in time and space, that accounts for this impression of a cold, uncaring cosmos. How, we vaguely feel, could a person exercise a loving providence over such a boundless universe? To this introductory sampling of varied nonepistemic factors that disadvantage belief in God vis-à-vis belief in other minds, let me add one more illustration.
A Middle Way to God by Garth L. Hallett