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 Reviewed Our 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.


Preface: An Uncertain Heritage

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

Appendix A. Definitions
Appendix B. Principles

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
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