Tennant's Philosophical Theology

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CHAPTER II A CRITIQUE OF TENNANT'S EMPIRICAL VALIDATION OF THEISM

The Purpose of This Chapter
IT is the purpose of this chapter to substantiate the following conviction: That Tennant's general position; namely, that the truth of religious belief can only be established by philosophical arguments which exclude the data of religious experience, is untenable because the implied conception of the origin and nature of religious apprehension (as conceptual construction of "atheous" data by way of analogical inference from secular data) is untenable. The conception of religious experience which underlies this conception of validation is false largely because the inferences are not validated. The only way the truth of religious belief can be supported is first and primarily to point men to those experiences which make the belief possible, and then to build a philosophical argument from a wide range of data which includes the specifically religious experiences. The first step is to denote direct experiences. Religion does not arise in indirect reasoning; neither is it entirely validated by indirect reasoning. It is validated primarily by repeated direct experience and secondarily by indirect conscious reasoning.
A Summary of Tennant's Position
In setting out to accomplish the task which is thus defined, it is necessary to recall that the exposition of Tennant's position has brought out the following points:
1. The truth of religious belief can only be established by philosophical argument.
2. Reason is the sole judge of truth in religion as elsewhere.
3. Reason is the sole judge of truth in religion because Reason constructs the idea of God by a complex process of synthesizing inferences from empirical facts of the natural world. The inferences are drawn on the basis of analogy. They are at first crude and implicit; but later they are made explicit. The explicit process by means of which intelligent man rises to his idea of God is

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