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Alvin Plantingas states that Christians do not need any arguments for believing in God because believing in God is a properly basic belief He goes further to say that arguments are insufficient for the basis of a religious belief Some beliefs are properly basic perceptual beliefs memory beliefs certainly but also beliefs based on testimony belief in other minds mathematical beliefs belief in the uniformity of nature Other beliefs are non-basic These are inferred from based on more basic beliefs or are beliefs in scientific theories It is very common for people to hold that belief in God is irrational or improper or in some other way open to criticism if it is not based on evidence What based on evidence means here is inferred from other statements which serve as evidence The idea is that belief in God requires some sort of justification or argument This it is not the sort of thing that one could simply accept This is the idea that Plantinga rejects Plantingas view is that belief in God or even more specific religious beliefs is properly basic It may be thought that all beliefs require evidence and that belief in God could hardly be an exception However this cant be right given how evidence is understood here Suppose for example that I believe I have a headache What is my evidence for this belief I dont look for some other statements that seem even more basic and then infer that I have a headache from those other statements So not all beliefs are based on evidence some are basic And this Plantinga points out is something that is in dispute No philosopher concerned with the theory of knowledge would claim otherwise But many would claim that only certain special kinds of beliefs are properly basic These philosophers would go on to insist that all other beliefs must be grounded in these properly basic beliefs We might begin by asking what
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