Philosophy

Research Article

Knowledge, Belief, and Faith*

Anthony Kennya1

a1 Oxford

Abstract

Is belief in God reasonable? Richard Dawkins is right to say that traditional arguments for the existence of God are flawed; but so is his own disproof of the existence of God, and there are gaps in neo-Darwinian explanations of the origin of language, of life, and of the universe. The rational response is neither theism nor atheism but agnosticism. Faith in a creed is no virtue, but mere belief in God may be reasonable even if false.

Footnotes

* The Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Lecture 2007, given at the London School of Economics, January 24th, 2007