The Wisdom to Doubt is a major contribution to the
contemporary literature on the epistemology of religious belief.
Continuing the inquiry begun in his previous book, Prolegomena
to a Philosophy of Religion, J. L. Schellenberg here argues
that given our limitations and especially our immaturity as a
species, there is no reasonable choice but to withhold judgment
about the existence of an ultimate salvific reality. Schellenberg
defends this conclusion against arguments from religious experience
and naturalistic arguments that might seem to make either religious
belief or religious disbelief preferable to his skeptical stance.
In so doing, he canvasses virtually all of the important recent
work on the epistemology of religion. Of particular interest is his
call for at least skepticism about theism, the most common
religious claim among philosophers.
The Wisdom to Doubt expands the author's well-known
hiddenness argument against theism and situates it within a larger
atheistic argument, itself made to serve the purposes of his
broader skeptical case. That case need not, on Schellenberg's view,
lead to a dead end but rather functions as a gateway to important
new insights about intellectual tasks and religious
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