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Lara Buchak's Can It Be Rational To Have Faith

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In Lara Buchak’s essay, Can It Be Rational to Have Faith?, she asserts that everyday faith statements and religious faith statements share the same attributes. She later states that in order to truly have faith, a person ceases to search for more evidence for their claim, and that having faith can be rational. Although she makes compelling arguments in favor of faith in God, this essay is more hearsay and assumption than actual fact. In this paper, you will see that looking for further evidence would constitute not having faith, but that having faith, at least in the religious sense, is irrational. According to Buchak, common every day faith statements and religious faith statements share the same attributes. Such attributes include “a relationship between the agent and a particular proposition, between the…show more content…
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