Religious Studies

Research Article

Belief-In Revisited: A Reply To Williams

J. J. Macintosha1

a1 Department of Philosophy, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada, T2 T 4X9

In ‘Belief-In and Belief in God’ (Religious Studies, 28, 1992), J. N. Williams suggests that belief in God cannot be rational unless one has rational beliefs that God exists. While agreeing with his conclusion (though not with his statement of it), I disagree at almost every step with his method of arriving at it. In particular I suggest that Williams goes astray concerning the dual aspect of belief in, the nature of performatives, the arousal of belief states, and the correct account of belief in God.