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Peter Addy Dr Tim Mawson Philosophy of Religion 5 June 2002 Belief in God as a Properly Basic Belief One of the most popular reasons to doubt religion in general and Christianity in particular is that the existence of God cannot be proven For the most part this argument has come from the assumption that belief in God cannot be linked back to a self-evident or sensory-evident proposition To simplify the argument it has been assumed that everything in ones life must be verifiable the way a scientific theorem is start with given axioms and work step by step towards proof of the final theorem whether it be a certain measurement of angle ABC or the fact of Gods existence Inherent in this idea is Cliffords criteria for proof which simplifies to the idea that we must only believe things if we have adequate proof Alvin Plantinga says that belief in God is properly basic because we dont need empirical evidence to support our basic beliefs He shows that the evidentialist objection to theism is grounded as are most things in Western history in classical foundationalism CF The idea behind CF is that every belief we have that is not immediately verifiable needs to be traceable to one that is immediately verifiable Immediate verification can come about either because the belief is self-evident such as in mathematics or because it is evident to our senses such as in sight Plantinga shows that belief in the tenets of CF cannot be verified in the very way that CF upholds To believe in CF is to be internally inconsistent and so the theory should be discounted What both Plantinga and William P Alston show us is that properly basic beliefs are more inclusive than CF defines them For example we basically believe that our memories function satisfactorily but we cannot prove it except through the use of our memory The reliability of our senses likewise cannot be
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