The Rational Basis of Theism
Throughout the foregoing discussion the assumption has been allowed that, if theism is to be accepted at all, it can be only upon faith, whether or not that faith may have some rational support. The first aim of the argument was to invalidate the claim of atheism to established knowledge. That we have accomplished and have been able besides to show that the arguments offered by atheists in support of their unbelief are hollow and self-defeating, that in fact they tend towards the opposite conclusion and require us in each case to affirm an inescapable self-transcendence of the finite. But the assumption that theism is purely a product of faith is dogmatic and arbitrary unless similar reasoning can dispose of all claim to conclusive rational demonstration, and no such reasoning has, as yet, been examined. We must inquire what rational arguments can be produced and whether they can be sustained.
KeywordsRational Support Universal Principle Metaphysical Concept True Philosophy Contingent Existence
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