Religion, Rationality and Ambiguity

By Max Baker-Hytch in October 2023

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Runtime: 45 mins

Max Baker-Hytch addresses the common perception that religious belief involves accepting propositions without evidence. He explores the negative and positive aspects of this idea. He discusses the negative emphasizing irrationality, and the positive, known as fideism, suggesting that belief without evidence is a virtue. He proposes a  more nuanced view, arguing that faith has two components: an intellectual aspect based on evidence or confidence, and a volitional component involving a willingness to act on that belief. The notion that faith is necessarily irrational, along with evidential ambiguity in religious beliefs, highlights the complexity and diversity of evidence for this.

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Produced in October 2023. Provisional captions.

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