Is Belief in God Rational?

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Saturday   |   May 19, 2018   |   8 am – 12 pm   |   IGSL



The question of whether or not religious believing is reasonable is one of the most important of all human concerns. Our treatment of religious claims has a significant impact on how we understand our world and how we exist in our world. As rational and reflective beings, we have a duty to confront the God question. That is why this inquiry about the rationality of faith is one of the catalysts that have ignited intense debates among philosophers.

From the time of the ancient Greeks to the period of the Enlightenment until today, philosophy and religion are deemed separate, especially in the West. This love-hate relationship between religion and philosophy was echoed by the theologian Tertullian who is famous for his statement, “What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem.” Because of this perceived gap, most believers tend to see philosophy as detrimental to the faith, whereas many philosophers consider religious discourses as superstitious, credulous, and irrational.

Critics say that claims to knowledge of God are mere products of neurological wirings, and the concept of a Heavenly Father only a psychological projection. They argue that the notion of an Intelligent Designer is only a socio-cultural construct, and the idea of a Divine Being is nothing but a beneficial mental illusion, placebo, or self-deception. Religious conviction is deemed only as a subjective emotional state. Belief in God is considered simply as a natural genetic predisposition. Faith in a Creator is thought to be mere metaphysical concept. For many thinkers, religious belief is nothing but a crutch for the psychologically weak and the mentally frail. Others declared that a God beyond the sensible cannot be known, and any talk of God is sheer nonsense.

Amidst this long history of animosity, the past several decades saw a philosophical shift on the God question. There is a quiet revolution in thought happening among academic philosophers. Today, it is more respectable among philosophers than it has been for the past generation to argue that God talk is meaningful.

This forum is interested in how faith and reason are related and how the rational agent should treat claims derived from either source. There are various approaches in working out how religious faith and cognitive reason interrelate.


Forum Presenters:

Eyriche cortezEyriche Cortez, M.Div.

  • Lead Pastor, Filinvest Community Christian Fellowship
  • Adjunct Faculty, International Graduate School of Leadership
  • Adjunct Faculty, Evangelical Leadership Institute Asia
  • Founder, Bible Expose Apologetics Ministry
  • Author, Add On: Putting 2 Peter 1:1-11 Into Action
  • Certified Trainer, Norm Geisler International Ministries

Mike CarinoMichael Cariño, M.Div.

  • Missionary Pastor, Christian Bible Church of the Philippines
  • Full-time Faculty, International Graduate School of Leadership
  • Author, Reasonable Faith: The Role of Intellectual Virtues in the Justification of Religious Belief
  • Certified Trainer, Norm Geisler International Ministries


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