Authors
Finlay Malcolm
King's College London
Michael Scott
University of Manchester
Abstract
Most contemporary accounts of the nature of faith explicitly defend what we call ‘the positivity theory of faith’ – the theory that faith must be accompanied by a favourable evaluative belief, or a desire towards the object of faith. This paper examines the different varieties of the positivity theory and the arguments used to support it. Whilst initially plausible, we find that the theory faces numerous problematic counterexamples, and show that weaker versions of the positivity theory are ultimately implausible. We discuss a distinct property of faith that we call ‘true grit’, such that faith requires one to be resilient toward the evidential, practical, and psychological challenges that it faces. We show how true grit is necessary for faith, and provides a simpler and less problematic explanation of the evidence used to support the positivity theory.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2021
DOI 10.31820/ejap.17.1.1
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 69,018
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Warranted Christian Belief.Alvin Plantinga - 2000 - Oxford University Press USA.
Propositional Faith: What It is and What It is Not.Daniel Howard-Snyder - 2013 - American Philosophical Quarterly 50 (4):357-372.
Can It Be Rational to Have Faith?Lara Buchak - 2012 - In Jake Chandler & Victoria Harrison (eds.), Probability in the Philosophy of Religion. Oxford University Press. pp. 225.
Grit.Sarah Paul & Jennifer Morton - 2018 - Ethics 129 (2):175-203.

View all 32 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Faith.Elizabeth Jackson - forthcoming - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Faith and Resilience.Daniel Howard-Snyder & Daniel J. McKaughan - 2022 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (3).

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Gritty Faith.Jonathan Matheson - 2018 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 92 (3):499-513.
Faith, Belief and Fictionalism.Finlay Malcolm & Michael Scott - 2017 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 98 (S1):257-274.
A Realist Epistemology Of Faith.Paul A. Macdonald - 2005 - Religious Studies 41 (4):373-393.
Natural Reason and Supernatural Faith.Thomas M. Osborne - 2019 - In Jeffrey P. Hause (ed.), Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae: A Critical Guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 188-203.
Markan Faith.Daniel Howard-Snyder - 2017 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 81 (1-2):31-60.
The Moral and Evidential Requirements of Faith.Finlay Malcolm - 2020 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 12 (1):117-142.
Testimony, Faith and Humility.Finlay Malcolm - 2021 - Religious Studies 57 (3):466-483.
Persuasion and Evidence in The Proofs of Faith.Ekrem Sefa Gül - 2018 - Tasavvur - Tekirdag Theology Journal 4 (2):726 - 758.
Analysis of Faith.Bradley Rettler - 2018 - Philosophy Compass 13 (9):e12517.
Can Fictionalists Have Faith?Finlay Malcolm - 2018 - Religious Studies 54 (2):215-232.
Special Issue: Approaches to Faith: Guest Editorial Preface.Rebekah L. H. Rice, Daniel McKaughan & Daniel Howard-Snyder - 2017 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 81 (1-2):1-6.
Transcendental Faith.Jeremy Hugh Grundy - 1993 - Dissertation, Mcgill University (Canada)

Analytics

Added to PP index
2021-01-25

Total views
68 ( #166,901 of 2,498,305 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
11 ( #67,621 of 2,498,305 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes