Religious Studies

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The ethics of belief and Christian faith as commitment to assumptions

RIK PEELSa1 c1

a1 Philosophy Department, Utrecht University, Heidelberglaan 6, 3584 CS Utrecht, The Netherlands

Abstract

In this paper I evaluate Brian Zamulinski's recent attempt to rebut an argument to the conclusion that having any kind of religious faith violates a moral duty. I agree with Zamulinski that the argument is unsound, but I disagree on where it goes wrong. I criticize Zamulinski's alternative construal of Christian faith as existential commitment to fundamental assumptions. It does not follow that we should accept the moral argument against religious faith, for at least two reasons. First, Zamulinski's Cliffordian ethics of belief is defective in several regards. Second, the truth of doxastic involuntarism and the possibility of doxastic excuse conditions can be used to demonstrate that the argument is unconvincing.

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c1 e-mail: rik.peels@phil.uu.nl