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New IEP Entry on Reformed Epistemology

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Cary Cook said…
Drivel. This is a verbiage bubble built on the absence of a definition of "the right kind of evidence". Define that term, and the question of the rationality of belief in God (by whatever definition) is answered. Neglect to define that term, and you grant yourself a bogus license to wax eloquent on what any number of other people have said about a question that has not been properly asked.
Luke said…
Cary, are you aware of Feyerabend's attacks on there being a single, well-definable 'scientific method'—which is probably what you'd use to identify "the right kind of evidence"? We find his criticisms well-accepted by naturalist Penelope Maddy in her Second Philosophy: A Naturalistic Method:

>     A deeper difficulty springs from the lesson won through decades of study in the philosophy of science: there is no hard and fast specification of what 'science' must be, no determinate criterion of the form 'x is science iff …'. It follows that there can be no straightforward definition of Second Philosophy along the lines 'trust only the methods of science'. Thus Second Philosophy, as I understand it, isn't a set of beliefs, a set of propositions to be affirmed; it has no theory. Since its contours can't be drawn by outright definition, I resort to the device of introducing a character, a particular sort of idealized inquirer called the Second Philosopher, and proceed by describing her thoughts and practices in a range of contexts; Second Philosophy is then to be understood as the product of her inquiries. (1)

So it's not clear that "the right kind of evidence" can be defined in the way you intimate. Indeed, I wonder if you're headed toward some kind of philosophical foundationalism.

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Andrew Moon's New Paper on Recent Work in Reformed Epistemology...

...in the latest issue of Philosophy Compass. Here's the abstract:
Reformed epistemology, roughly, is the thesis that religious belief can be rational without argument. After providing some background, I present Plantinga's defense of reformed epistemology and its influence on religious debunking arguments. I then discuss three objections to Plantinga's arguments that arise from the following topics: skeptical theism, cognitive science of religion, and basicality. I then show how reformed epistemology has recently been undergirded by a number of epistemological theories, including phenomenal conservatism and virtue epistemology. I end by noting that a good objection to reformed epistemology must criticize either a substantive epistemological theory or the application of that theory to religious belief; I also show that the famous Great Pumpkin Objection is an example of the former. And if a copy should make its way to my inbox...

UPDATE: Thanks!