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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 25, Issue 2, April 2008

Hugh Rice
Pages 141-153

FAITH AND MERIT

Can belief in God can be meritorious if not epistemically rational in the ordinary way? I argue that the primary condition to be met if a belief is to be meritorious is that it is based on a good reason, and that to believe that something is so on the grounds that it would be good if it were can be to believe for a good reason. In particular I argue that to believe in God on the grounds that it would be good if He existed can be to believe for a good reason, and that such a belief can, therefore, be meritorious.