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Faith And Evidence: Why Faith Should Seek Understanding, Ashley Christine Taylor Jan 2013

Faith And Evidence: Why Faith Should Seek Understanding, Ashley Christine Taylor

Philosophy Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This project considers two views concerning the relation between faith and evidence. First, Lara Buchak proposes that faith requires one to cease looking for evidence in order to go ahead and act on one’'s faith. Second, Thomas Aquinas states that faith involves seeking evidence to better understand of one’'s faith. In first turning to analyze Buchak’'s account, I argue that Buchak’'s view is mistaken because it rules out that the faithful person seeks evidence to better understand his or her faith. In addition, I find that Buchak’'s view raises an important question regarding the relationship ...