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God, Arguments for the Existence of
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1. General

1.1. Arguments, Proofs, and Basic Beliefs

William Clifford (1845–79) wrote that “it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence” (“The Ethics of Belief”). This evidentialist position reflects the view, common in the modern era after R. Descartes (1596–1650; Cartesianism), that belief in God should be justified by arguments. This strong evidentialism contrasts somewhat with the prior Augustinian tradition (Augustine’s Theology), which viewed …

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Reichenbach, Bruce R., “God, Arguments for the Existence of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 27 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G153>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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