First Published in 2004. On Christian Belief offers a defence of realism in the philosophy of religion. It argues that religious belief – with particular reference to Christian belief – is not something unlike any other kind of belief, but is cognitive, making claims about what is real, and is open to rational discussion between believers and non-believers. The author begins by providing a critique of several views which try either to describe a faith without cognitive context, or to justify believing on non-cognitive grounds. He then discusses what sense can be made of the phenomenon of religious conversion by realists and non-realists. After a chapter on knowledge in general, he defends the idea that religious knowledge is very like other knowledge, in being based on reliable testimony, sifted by reason and tested by experience. The logical status of the content of religious belief is then discussed, with reference to Christianity.

chapter |8 pages


chapter 1|14 pages

Faith without belief I: religious feeling

chapter 2|12 pages

Faith without belief II: moral faith

chapter 3|17 pages

Non-cognitive grounds for belief

chapter 4|11 pages

The intelligibility of conversion

chapter 5|11 pages

About knowledge in general

chapter 6|14 pages

About religious knowledge

chapter 7|10 pages

The content of Christian revelation

chapter 8|8 pages

The knowledge of God as creator