Volume 14, Issue 2, 2012
Symposium on Paul Moser's Religious Epistemology
Katharyn D. Waidler
Volitional Evidence for God
In “Volitional Evidence for God,” Kate Waidler affirms Paul Moser’s view that evidence for God, that is, a morally perfect being, entails the volitional transformation of a moral agent. However, she challenges Moser’s rejection of natural theology. Waidler argues that the agent’s volitional transformation requires prior intellectual assent to the existence of a morally perfect being. For some, this entails the removal of certain intellectual obstacles to belief and requires engaging in some form of natural theology. Waidler appeals to Augustine as one whose volitional transformation becomes possible only when he comes to the intellectual understanding of the nature of God as a perfect being.