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" saving remnant' alone.) So proceeding, we see, first, that religion offers itself as a momentous option. We are supposed to gain, even now, by our belief, and to lose by our nonbelief, a certain vital good. Secondly, religion is a forced option, so far... "
The Will to Believe: And Other Essays in Popular Philosophy - Page 26
by William James - 1896 - 332 pages
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Reason, Faith and Authority in Christianity: Being the Paddock Lectures for ...

Alfred Magill Randolph - Authority - 1902 - 272 pages
...religion, as an act of choice, he has the following admirable passage. "Religion is a forced option We cannot escape the issue by remaining sceptical...it be true, just as certainly as if we positively choose to disbelieve. It is as if a man should hesitate indefinitely to ask a certain woman to marry...
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Poet Lore, Volume 16

Literature - 1905
...Blougram runs even into the illustration. James says, " We cannot escape the issue by remaining skeptical and waiting for more light, because, although we do...in that way If religion be untrue, we lose the good /'/ it be true, just as certainly as if we positively chose to disbelieve. It is as if a man should...
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Christian Life, a Normal Experience: A Study in the Reality and Growth of ...

Willis Duke Weatherford - Christian life - 1916 - 206 pages
...choose. We can accept the theory of the right as our working hypothesis. Religion is a forced opinion so far as that good goes. We cannot escape the issue by remaining skeptical and waiting for more light, because (although we do avoid error in that way, if the religion...
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Religious thought in the nineteenth century, illustrated from writers of the ...

Bernard Morris Garvin Reardon - Religious thought
...by our belief, and to lose by our non-belief, a certain vital good. Secondly, religion is a. forced option, so far as that good goes. We cannot escape the issue by remaining sceptical 1 Charles Secretan (1815-95), a Swiss theologian whose voluntaristic philosophy of faith showed strong...
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Critique of Religion and Philosophy

Walter Arnold Kaufmann - Philosophy - 1978 - 453 pages
...we are better off even now if we believe her first affirmation to be true." If we suspend judgment, "although we do avoid error in that way if religion...certainly as if we positively chose to disbelieve." Surely, no religion really says what James here claims "religion says." But if it did, what exactly...
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The Road of Inquiry, Charles Peirce's Pragmatic Realism

Peter Skagestad - Political Science - 1981 - 261 pages
...avoid error by suspending judgment is doomed to fail: "Religion is a forced option, as far as [its] good goes. We cannot escape the issue by remaining...true, just as certainly as if we positively chose to disbelieve."23 This argument is similar to the one which Peirce was to set forth in his lectures two...
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American Philosophy: A Historical Anthology

Barbara MacKinnon - Philosophy - 1985 - 688 pages
...by our belief, and to lose by our non-belief, a certain vital good. Secondly, religion is a forced option, so far as that good goes. We cannot escape...light, because, although we do avoid error in that way // religion be untrue, we lose the good, // // be true, just as certainly as if we positively chose...
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Phenomenology of the Truth Proper to Religion: Critical Essays and Interviews

Daniel Guerrière - Religion - 1990 - 323 pages
...issue by remaining skeptical and waiting for more light, because although we avoid error in that way ;/ religion be untrue, we lose the good, if it be true, just as certainly as we positively choose to disbelieve [William James: "The Will to Believe," in Essays on Faith and Morals...
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Philosophical Problems and Arguments: An Introduction

James W. Cornman, Keith Lehrer, George Sotiros Pappas - Philosophy - 1992 - 372 pages
...now, by our belief, and to lose by our nonbelief, a certain vital good. Secondly, religion is a forced option, so far as that good goes. We cannot escape the issue by remaining skeptical and waiting for more light, because, although we do avoid error in that way if religion be...
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On the Nature and Existence of God

Richard M. Gale - Philosophy - 1993 - 436 pages
...that there is no behavioral difference between suspending belief in R and actually disbelieving it: We cannot escape the issue by remaining sceptical...it be true, just as certainly as if we positively disbelieve. (WB 26) When I look at the religious question as it really puts itself to concrete men,...
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