Between Faith and Doubt: Dialogues on Religion and Reason by John Hick (auth.)

By John Hick (auth.)

This brief publication is a full of life discussion among a non secular believer and a skeptic. It covers the entire major concerns together with diverse principles of God, the nice and undesirable in faith, spiritual event and neuroscience, ache and discomfort, demise and lifestyles after demise, and comprises attention-grabbing autobiographical revelations.

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It's not a hypothesis at all. It is in the same category as other fundamental beliefs which are not based on inference from evidence but on direct experience. DAVID: Such as? JOHN: Well to start with, we are directly aware of the content of our present visual field. We don't infer it - there is nothing to infer it from - and we can't offer any evidence for it. The only evidence is itself. In other words, it doesn't need any evidence and isn't capable of any. JOHN: 56 Between Faith and Doubt DAVID: True, but what beyond that?

But obviously only one at most can be, so that to affirm one is by implication to reject all the others. So each is rejected by a majority vote! Or, as our friend David Hume put it, if a judge hears several witnesses each of whom contradicts the others, he will disregard them all. l And this is what I do with the witness of the religions. Each contradicts the others, so I dismiss them all. JOHN: And given the traditional concept of God, I don't blame you. But the whole situation changes within the quite different framework of the philosophy of religion I'm advocating.

And even those who live in miserable conditions - half-starving, or wickedly exploited for others' profit, or with the wasting disease of AIDS, and so on - even they have their share of life and love and beauty, even if it's often a very small share. It's remarkable what fortitude people often show even amid terrible poverty, and it's inspiring to see how they often care for one another even in the direst circumstances. We shouldn't write off any life as not worth living. All human life is good in some degree, even though the degrees do, as you say, vary enormously.

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