The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

On Christian Belief: a defence of a cognitive conception of religious belief in a Christian context

Collier, A. (2003) On Christian Belief: a defence of a cognitive conception of religious belief in a Christian context, vol. 8, London, UK; New York, US, Routledge, 136pp. (Routledge Studies in Critical Realism, 8).

Record type: Book


On Christian Belief offers a defence of realism in the philosophy of religion. It argues that religious belief - with particular reference to Christian belief - unlike any other kind of belief, is cognitive; making claims about what is real, and open to rational discussion between believers and non-believers. The author begins by providing a critique of several views which either try 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.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: 15 May 2003


Local EPrints ID: 12410
ISBN: 0415315220
PURE UUID: 4752186d-08cf-4e31-87e3-86130ad1aac9

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 12 Jul 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:03

Export record


Author: A. Collier

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.