Review of J.L. Schellenberg’s The Wisdom to Doubt: Index

The purpose of this post is to serve as an index or hub page for all of the posts in my series on Schellenberg’s important book.

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Title: The Wisdom to Doubt: A Justification of Religious Skepticism

Author: J.L. Schellenberg

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Publication Date: 2007

List Price: $45.95

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Summary: This book is a “must-read” for anyone interested in philosophy of religion.

Contents and Detailed Review:

The book’s table of contents is reproduced below; links to the corresponding section of my review will be added as they become available.


Preface: An Uncertain Heritage


Part I. Finitude and the Future: Seven Modes of Religious Skepticism

1. The Subject Mode

2. The Object Mode

3. The Retrospective Mode

4. The Prospective Mode

5. The Modes Combined: Limitations, Immaturity, Presumption

6. The Bearing of Pragmatic Considerations

Part II. Cradles of Conviction: The Modes Applied and Fortified

7. An Answer to Naturalism

8. The Questionableness of Religious Experience

Part III. God and the Gaps: The Modes Illustrated and Vindicated

9. Hiddenness Arguments I

10. Hiddenness Arguments II

11. The Argument from Horrors

12. The Free-Will Offense

13. Consolidating Forces: The Arguments Combined

14. Closing the Case: Seven Proofs and a Skeptical Conclusion


Appendix A. Definitions

Appendix B. Principles


Related Resources

Chris Fotinopoulos’s review for Australian Rationalist

Stephen Wykstra’s review for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Jack MacIntosh’s review for Religious Studies (HT: ex-apologist)

Wes Morriston’s review for International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

Paul Draper’s review for Journal for American Academy of Religion

Charles Taliaferro’s review for Religious Studies Review

Richard Corrigan’s review for Philosophy in Review

John Cottingham’s review for Times Literary Supplement

Beyond Divine Hiddenness: John Schellenberg’s Trilogy