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The Rationality of Theistic Belief and the Concept of Truth

  • Lorenz B. Puntel
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Part of the Studies in Philosophy and Religion book series (STPAR, volume 19)

Abstract

This paper aims to show that the question whether theistic belief is rational cannot be adequately dealt with without clarifying the prior question concerning the connection between rationality and truth. This prior question in turn presupposes clarification of the more fundamental question as to what concept of truth should be assumed and made explicit if rationality were to be meaningfully treated.

Keywords

Truth Operator True Sentence Determinate Status Epistemic Rationality Ontological Argument 
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