- Justin’s Opening
- Phil’s Rebuttal
- Justin’s Rejoinder
- Phil’s Opening (this post)
- Justin’s Rebuttal
- Phil’s Rejoinder
NOTE: It appears that as of Feb 12, 2011, Justin’s blog is off-line.
Faith, as belief in an absence of sufficient evidence, is always irrational. This fact has two corollaries.
- The rational mind does not require faith.
There are no necessary unwarranted beliefs in the rational mind. There is evidential warrant all the way back to foundational beliefs. Faith is at no time necessarily employed by the rational mind.
- Those who employ faith do so out of irrationality.
Faith is both definitionally and pragmatically irrational, and is detrimental to the honest seeker of truth. Faith has no place in the rational mind.
I will rigorously demonstrate the corollaries above after defining related terms and assessing foundational notions associated with belief.
- The nature of rational belief
- The foundation of rational belief
- The measure of belief
- The assessment of belief
- The definitional failure of faith
- The pragmatic failure of faith
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