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Journal of Philosophical Research

Volume 19, 1994

Richard Creel
Pages 243-256
DOI: 10.5840/jpr_1994_3

Propositional Faith as a Mode of Belief and a Gift of God

Sorne people use “faith” to refer to an action, some to a passion, and sorne to a composite of the two. “Faith” is also sometimes used interchangeably with “belief.” This paper is an effort to identify and overcorne some of the problems caused by these facts. I pursue this end by distinguishing several meanings of “belief,” and by distinguishing actional faith, passional faith, and faithfulness from one another. I argue that much can be gained by restricting the meaning of “faith” to the concept of a non-evidential doxastic passion that can be caused by any number of things, including God, if God exists.

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