In Existential Reasons for Belief in God: A Defense of Desires & Emotions in Faith Clifford Williams shows that lived faith involves more than doctrines, evidences and rational coherence. Thus, Williams puts forth an argument as to why certain needs, desires and emotions have a legitimate place in drawing people into faith in God.
Addressing the strongest objections to these types of reasons, he shows how the personal and experiential aspects of belief play an important part in coming to faith and in remaining a believing person. These existential elements are neither irrelevant to belief nor do they undermine the legitimacy of a reasoned faith, as critics often charge--and Williams shows why. Here is an approach that recognizes the severe limitations of evidentialism and objectivism so often demanded by our culture, and which often lead us to dehumanizing each other in the name of empirical evidence.
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