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The proper object of non-doxastic religion : why traditional religion should be preferred over Schellenberg's simple ultimism

PALMQVIST, CARL JOHAN LU (2018) In Religious Studies
Abstract

Taking for granted the view that belief-less, ‘non-doxastic’, engagement with religion is possible, this article discusses the proper object of such religiosity. Its focus is the claim of J. L. Schellenberg that non-doxastic religion should be directed at ’simple ultimism’. I argue that ‘simple ultimism’ is too abstract to allow for alignment with religious reality. Traditional religion is a better choice since it commonly contains religious experience. As long as the veridicality of such experience remains an epistemic possibility, it should guide our non-doxastic commitment. Objections commonly raised against reliance on religious experience become irrelevant on a non-doxastic approach.

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Cambridge University Press
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0034-4125
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10.1017/S003441251800029X
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English
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  author       = {PALMQVIST, CARL JOHAN},
  issn         = {0034-4125},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {05},
  pages        = {16},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  series       = {Religious Studies},
  title        = {The proper object of non-doxastic religion : why traditional religion should be preferred over Schellenberg's simple ultimism},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S003441251800029X},
  year         = {2018},
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