Take a Leap of Faith
Wed, Mar 21
Maybe the evidence about whether God exists just hasn't come in either way. Would there be value in cultivating religious faith even if you do not know for certain the God exists? And what exactly is faith? What exactly is a religion? In this class we will consider philosophical ``leaps of faith'' and whether they are rational. And we'll consider whether being part of a religion requires any special intellectual commitment.
Key Concepts: doxastic voluntarism/involuntarism, Pascal's wager, fideism
- The Will to Believe (William James) [FULL PDF]
- Interactive Essay: The Will to Believe (Focus on Sections V-X)
- When Some Turn to Church, Others Go to Crossfit (NYTimes)
- OPTIONAL: Secular but Feeling a Call to Divinity School(NYTimes)