Reason and Religious Beliefs 8.1

In the eight lecture, McShane takes up the following questions:

  • Why do we think people are more obvious than electrons?
  • Is it possible to puzzle about the future?
  • What does it mean to be attentive?
  • What are some compatibilities and incompatibilities between convictions and puzzlings.

In his comments about puzzling about the future, McShane uses the example of planning a dinner for friends, involving what-questions stretching beyond our present sensibilities.  In his comments on convictions and puzzlings, he delves into Christian faith and tradition and remarks, “You can have a resting faith that is ritually expressive.” Alongside faith seeking understanding, there is understanding seeking faith.

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