The X-claim argument against religious belief offers nothing new

Stephen Law has recently offered an argument against the rationality of certain religious beliefs that he calls the X-claim argument against religious beliefs (Law in Relig Stud, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1017/s0034412526000330). The argument purports to show that it is irrational to believe in the e...

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Published in:International journal for philosophy of religion
Authors: McBrayer, Justin; Ellis, Weston
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science + Business Media B. V [2018]
In:International journal for philosophy of religion
Year: 2018, Volume: 84, Issue: 2, Pages: 223-232
Further subjects:B Unreliable sources
B Religious Diversity
B X-claim
B Religious Belief
B Defeat
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Summary:Stephen Law has recently offered an argument against the rationality of certain religious beliefs that he calls the X-claim argument against religious beliefs (Law in Relig Stud, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1017/s0034412526000330). The argument purports to show that it is irrational to believe in the existence of extraordinary beings associated with religions. However, the X-claim argument is beset by certain ambiguities that, once resolved, leave the argument undifferentiated from two other common objections to the rationality of religious belief: the objection from religious diversity and the objection from unreliable sources. And though the latter pose serious obstacles to the rationality of religious belief, the X-claim argument adds no further difficulty.
ISSN:1572-8684
Contains:Enthalten in: International journal for philosophy of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s11153-018-9658-1