Review of J.L. Schellenberg’s The Wisdom to Doubt: Index

The purpose of this post is to serve as an index or hub page for all of the posts in my series on Schellenberg’s important book.

Book ReviewedOur Rating
Title: The Wisdom to Doubt: A Justification of Religious Skepticism
Author: J.L. Schellenberg
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication Date: 2007
List Price: $45.95
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Summary: This book is a “must-read” for anyone interested in philosophy of religion.

Contents and Detailed Review:
The book’s table of contents is reproduced below; links to the corresponding section of my review will be added as they become available.

Contents

Preface: An Uncertain Heritage
Introduction

Part I. Finitude and the Future : Seven Modes of Religious Skepticism

1. The Subject Mode
2. The Object Mode
3. The Retrospective Mode
4. The Prospective Mode
5. The Modes Combined: Limitations, Immaturity, Presumption
6. The Bearing of Pragmatic Considerations

Part II. Cradles of Conviction: The Modes Applied and Fortified

7. An Answer to Naturalism
8. The Questionableness of Religious Experience

Part III. God and the Gaps: The Modes Illustrated and Vindicated

9. Hiddenness Arguments I
10. Hiddenness Arguments II
11. The Argument from Horrors
12. The Free-Will Offense
13. Consolidating Forces: The Arguments Combined
14. Closing the Case: Seven Proofs and a Skeptical Conclusion

Epilogue
Appendix A. Definitions
Appendix B. Principles
Index

Related Resources

Chris Fotinopoulos’s review for Australian Rationalist
Stephen Wykstra’s review for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Jack MacIntosh’s review for Religious Studies (HT: ex-apologist)
Wes Morriston’s review for International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Paul Draper’s review for Journal for American Academy of Religion
Charles Taliaferro’s review for Religious Studies Review
Richard Corrigan’s review for Philosophy in Review
John Cottingham’s review for Times Literary Supplement
Beyond Divine Hiddenness: John Schellenberg’s Trilogy
John Loftus’s review

About Jeffery Jay Lowder

Jeffery Jay Lowder is President Emeritus of Internet Infidels, Inc., which he co-founded in 1995. He is also co-editor of the book, The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10289884295542007401 Jeffery Jay Lowder

    This comment is just to document that I've linked to other reviews of the book. Next step is for me to start writing my review!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12875096659365405390 Ben Kilpela

    Superb book. I recommend it highly. The writing is a bit turgid, but it's worth the effort. The basic argument is found in the first half of the book, that there are four "modes" of skepticism toward views of ultimate reality is original, compelling, and sound. Summarizing very quickly, the four modes show that we should be completely skeptical of all current religiuous views because 1) human beings have many limitations, 2) ultimate reality is nearly incomprehensibly vast, 3) human history is filled with countless errors and disagreements, and 4) a vast amount of time remains for further ideas and investigations of ultimate reality to come about.


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