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Unformatted text preview: at there is such a being. Can he give us such a reason? He thinks he can, though he doesn't think that this reason will amount to providing us with knowledge of the existence of God. Here's what Pojman says: 3 [W]e probably do not know if theism, let alone our particular religious version of it, is true. Here I must use a Pascalean argument to press my [...] point that we may have an obligation or, at least, it may be a good thing, to live as if theism is true. (30) So what’s going on here? Pojman is offering a reason to believe in the existence of God, but it is not a reason that is supposed to lead to knowledge of the existence of God; it's rather some other kind of reason, one that is supposed to lead to practical benefits- - benefits with respect to how we lead our lives. Thus, let's distinguish two different kinds of reason for believing a claim: Epistemic reason to believe a claim: ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Practical reason to believe a claim: _____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ To illustrate these two different sorts of reasons for belief, compare the following two scenarios: Scenario 1 (The 95- 5 Chance): Harriet has been diagnosed with a form of cancer. According to the best available evidence she’s been...
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