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I recently had an article accepted for publication at the scholarly journal Science and Christian Belief. The article “Can Faith Be Empirical?” began its life as a number of Ricochet posts. Portions of my article bearing the serviceable (but totally uncreative) title “Augustine and William James on the Rationality of Faith,” recently accepted for publication at The Heythrop Journal, also had an early life as a Ricochet Group Writing Post.
As I said the last time this happened, I don’t think the title of this post is quite accurate: When a bit of academic writing makes it to Ricochet’s Main Feed or Most Popular box, then we can say that that bit of writing has made it big. Still, it’s always nice to be published. The Ricochet posts in question are:
- “Knowledge and Faith Can Be the Same Thing.”
- “What My Students Said about Religion and Science”
- “Can Religious Knowledge Be Verified?”
- “Can Religion Be Empirical?”
- “Some Varieties of Empiricism”
- “Empiricism and Miracles”
- ” ‘The Will to Believe’ “
Like the earlier Ricochet posts, the academic articles cover a good bit of Augustine, William James, C.S. Lewis, Allama Iqbal, and the Dalai Lama. Note that that’s William James, Augustine, and . . .
- a 1900s philosopher representing Christianity in its interaction with modern empiricism,
- a 1900s philosopher representing Islam in its interaction with modern empiricism,
- and a 1900s philosopher representing Buddhism in its interaction with modern empiricism.
Obviously, one or two things are missing between Islam and Buddhism. After writing the Ricochet posts I found the sources I needed for the bigger picture now covered in “Can Faith Be Empirical?”:
- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a 1900s philosopher representing Hinduism in its interaction with modern empiricism;
- and Eliezer Berkovits, a 1900s philosopher representing Judaism in its interaction with modern empiricism.
In closing, I like to think this is evidence that Ricochet is awesome.