Fess Up!

“We have a right to accept what we are powerless to reject.”

Fred Dretske, “Entitlement: Epistemic Rights without Epistemic Duties?” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, p. 598).

If it occurs to a believer in a consistent manner and is from genuine conviction that reality entails something extra or volitional, then the believer is justly entitled to a belief he may name “God”.

If it occurs to a skeptic in a consistent manner and is from genuine conviction that reality doesn’t entail something extra or volitional, then the skeptic is justly entitled to a belief he may name “Atheism”.

That is, in both cases, where conviction is not akin to personal desire or credulity but to convincing, irresistible persuasion.

This is one reason I love Philosophy in that through its study, we soon find out that most involved in “The Great Debate” are simply ignorant, else they wouldn’t​ bother debating. It also immediately identifies to you those most despicable souls who do know better but profit off of the ignorance of others; William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Frank Turek, Ravi Zacharias, R.C. Sproul, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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