In this essay, I examine the relationship between the liberal principle of Freedom of Religion and Belief (FoRB) on the one hand, and the question whether religious beliefs are, or should be, responsive to evidence-based, reasoned argument. In other words: the question addressed is that of the relationship between the liberal principle of FoRB and religious evidentialism and/or anti-evidentialism. I address this question by examining, in some detail, two contrary positions on religion and evidentialism and their implications for FoRB: John Locke’s evidentialist epistemology of religion and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s anti-evidentialist one.
|Title of host publication||Wittgenstein and the Epistemology of Religion|
|Editors||Nuno Venturinha, Duncan Pritchard|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Publication status||Submitted - 2021|
- Freedom of Religion or Belief
- Religion and Politics