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Journal:   PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION   SUMMER 2017 , Volume 14 , Number 2 ; Page(s) 273 To 285.
 
Paper: 

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RELIGIOUS BELIEF AND PRAXIS: JOHN COTTINGHAM’S VIEW ON THE PRIORITY OF RELIGIOUS PRAXIS OVER RELIGIOUS BELIEF WITH EMPHASIS ON PASCAL’S VIEW

 
 
Author(s):  GHAFOURIAN MEHDI*, ALIZAMANI AMIRABBAS
 
* ISLAMIC AZAD UNIVERSITY, SCIENCE AND RESEARCH BRANCH, TEHRAN
 
Abstract: 

Cottingham in following Pascal believes that we cannot analyze religion in a rational manner in principle because it talks about a transcendent being which is above our rational faculties and it uses a symbolic, allegoric and metaphoric language and some narratives. Thus it is impossible to prove or deny the existence of God by only rational arguments. Nevertheless Cottingham, inspired by Pascal, uses a practical argument for showing the rationality of the belief in God; not for proving the existence of God, because he believes that religion is more than mere theoretical doctrines. So the way of encountering God is practical not theoretical because humans cannot find God in theory; that is we can understand the rationality of religious beliefs and feel the presence of God by the help of the emotions and practical involvement with religious doctrines. Therefore if we want to change ourselves, we must carry out religious and spiritual practices.

 
Keyword(s): COTTINGHAM, PASCAL, THEISM, RELIGION, PRAXIS, INTERIOR CHANGE, EMOTION
 
 
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GHAFOURIAN, M., & ALIZAMANI, A. (2017). THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RELIGIOUS BELIEF AND PRAXIS: JOHN COTTINGHAM’S VIEW ON THE PRIORITY OF RELIGIOUS PRAXIS OVER RELIGIOUS BELIEF WITH EMPHASIS ON PASCAL’S VIEW. PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION, 14(2 ), 273-285. https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=572898



Vancouver: Copy

GHAFOURIAN MEHDI, ALIZAMANI AMIRABBAS. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RELIGIOUS BELIEF AND PRAXIS: JOHN COTTINGHAM’S VIEW ON THE PRIORITY OF RELIGIOUS PRAXIS OVER RELIGIOUS BELIEF WITH EMPHASIS ON PASCAL’S VIEW. PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION. 2017 [cited 2021July31];14(2 ):273-285. Available from: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=572898



IEEE: Copy

GHAFOURIAN, M., ALIZAMANI, A., 2017. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RELIGIOUS BELIEF AND PRAXIS: JOHN COTTINGHAM’S VIEW ON THE PRIORITY OF RELIGIOUS PRAXIS OVER RELIGIOUS BELIEF WITH EMPHASIS ON PASCAL’S VIEW. PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION, [online] 14(2 ), pp.273-285. Available: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=572898.



 
 
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