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Philosophia Christi

Volume 21, Issue 1, 2019

20th Anniversary Edition

Travis M. Dickinson
Pages 119-134
DOI: 10.5840/pc201921113

Virtuous Faith
An Evidentialist Model

The notion of faith has been variously understood throughout the course of Christian intellectual history. It has been common to construe faith in epistemological terms, especially by critics of religious faith. In this paper, I argue that faith, especially faith that is had in the context of relationships, should be understood as an act of ventured trust. This is not to say that beliefs and the evidence for the truth of those beliefs are unimportant. Indeed, I argue that acting on the basis of good evidence is what makes faith virtuous.