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|Paper IPM / Philosophy / 11601||
In this paper, I shall examine William Alston's influential view that the cognitive element in religious faith should be identified with ?acceptance? rather than ?belief?. Although I am sympathetic to Alston's reluctance to regard belief as essential to faith, I shall argue that one can redescribe the cases that Alston invokes in support of his claim in terms of the standard notion of degrees-of-belief without loss. It will be further argued that, given Alston's constraints, his notion of acceptance, if not identical to belief, is at least a species of belief.
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