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Reformed Epistemology Insulates Religious Faith from Scientific Scrutiny
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Reformed Epistemology Insulates Religious Faith from Scientific Scrutiny “I am going to assume--uncontroversially among most philosophers but controversially among reformed epistemologists--that “reformed epistemology” is nothing more than an effort to insulate religious faith from ordinary standards of reasons and evidence in common sense and the sciences, and thus religious belief is a culpable form of unwarranted belief given those ordinary epistemic standards.
It speaks to one’s political beliefs, one’s heritage and history, and it helps people define themselves in terms of cultural groups. We form traditions, we develop a relationship with God, and we follow certain doctrines which dictate to us how to treat other human beings. Religion also attempts to answer life’s existential questions in comforting, understandable ways. But does this all mean that religion is so mysterious in its nature that it must never be questioned, and that its doctrines take precedence over the laws by which we choose to be governed? This is the territory Leiter explores in his paper - at least, he explores it to the extent that religion brushes up against secular laws. It is an interesting point of view. We all know people whose religious affiliations have exempted them, from time to time, from duties or obligations that, had they not claimed a particular religious affiliation, they would have been expected to fulfill. And we, for the most part, in the name of freedom of religion, tolerate these exemptions. ...
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