Existential Reasons For Belief in God
Lived faith involves more than doctrines, evidences and rational coherence. In this book philosopher Clifford Williams puts forth an argument as to why certain needs, desires and emotions have a legitimate place in drawing people into faith in God. Addressing...
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Lived faith involves more than doctrines, evidences and rational coherence. In this book philosopher Clifford Williams puts forth an argument as to why certain needs, desires and emotions have a legitimate place in drawing people into faith in God. Addressing the strongest objections to these types of reasons, he shows how the personal and experiential aspects of belief play an important part in coming to faith and in remaining a believing person.
^^These existential elements are neither irrelevant to belief nor do they undermine the legitimacy of a reasoned faith, as critics often charge--and Williams shows why. Here is a much needed complement to evidential approaches to apologetics.^
Clifford Williams (Ph.D., Indiana University) teaches philosophy at Trinity College (T.I.U.) in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author of a number of books including Singleness of Heart: Restoring the Divided Soul; Free Will and Determinism: A Dialogue; The Divided Soul: A Kierkegaardian Exploration; The Wisdom of Kierkegaard: A Collection of Quotations on Faith and Life; The Life of the Mind: A Christian Perspective; With All That We Have - Why Aren't We Satisfied? and most recently Existential Reasons for Belief in God: A Defense of Desires and Emotions for Faith
- 1 Introduction: Need And Reason
- 2 Existential Needs
- 3 The Existential Argument For Believing In God
- 4 Objection One: The Existential Argument Does Not Guarantee Truth
- 5 Objection Two: The Existential Argument Justifies Belief In Any Kind Of God
- 6 Objection Three: Not Everyone Feels Existential Needs
- Appendix: Religious Psychoanalysis
- 7 Objection Four: Existential Needs Can Be Satisfied Without Faith
- 8 Faith And Emotion
- 9 Pursuing Faith
- For Further Reading