Final Writing Assignment
Philosophy of Religion
Due for Graduating Seniors this Friday by 2 PM, in Dr. Nobis's box in the Philosophy department. Everyone is, due at the final time which is Tuesday, May 3, 1-3 PM.
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?
WHAT SHOULD YOU BELIEVE?
A general proposal for what you should believe is this: you should believe something if, and only, if you have good reasons, good evidence, good arguments and so forth in favor for belief. We could call this view “evidentialism,” since it says we should have evidence for our beliefs in order for them to be rational, reasonable, justified, such that we ought to believe them, and so forth.
This final assignment asks you to critically reflect on what you *actually*, *currently* believe concerning religious beliefs and compare this to what you think you *should* believe concerning religious beliefs and discuss whether your religious view *should* change.
Thus, you must:
- identify your current religious views,
- explain and develop the “evidentialist standard,”
- explain whether the evidentialist standard should be accepted or not – whether it applies to all beliefs or not and why;
- explain whether your religious beliefs meet the evidentialist standard or not, and why;
- and, thus, explain whether your religious beliefs are rational, reasonable, justified, such that you ought to belief them, and so forth;
- and, explain whether your religious beliefs should change or not and why.
There is no set page requirement, but it would likely take at least 4 pages to adequately address these issues in sufficient detail and comprehensiveness.