Increase in No Religion?
francis.beckwith at mac.com
Sun Aug 7 17:10:29 PDT 2005
Interesting. A couple of years ago I suggested in a discussion with a
colleague that one may have secular reasons for believing in revealed truth,
insofar as one attempts to marshal evidence for the inspiration of a
particular text. So, in principle, one could have a religious reason that
is really just an intermediate conclusion for more basic non-religious
On 8/7/05 7:06 PM, "RJLipkin at aol.com" <RJLipkin at aol.com> wrote:
> I am curious about the relationship between "revealed truths" and
> "reason" in the contention that one could embrace both. Is it that some
> canonical authority states a truth such as "Love thy neighbor" or "God is the
> source of moral goodness", and reasons explicates the content of these
> "revealed" truths?
> Being able to offer non-religious arguments for religious claims
> raises the problem that the non-religious arguments--if available for all
> religious claims--might render the religious claims superfluous. I suppose one
> test of whether someone is really committed to both revealed truths and reason
> is how he or she resolves conflicts between the two.
> Robert Justin Lipkin
> Professor of Law
> Widener University School of Law
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