Beyond belief: On the uses of creedal confession

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Aquinas took an "expressive view" of creedal confession: (1) Creedal confessions express a person's faith, and (2) Other functions of creedal confession are dependent upon this expression of faith. I argue for a purpose of creedal confession that is not dependent upon the expressive function, but is non-expressive all the way down. This purpose depends upon people not meaning what they seem to be saying. To present my case I fist clarify distinctions between: belief, acceptance, and treating as true, and distinguish different "scopes" of these epistemic attitudes: unrestricted, individual, and group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-313
Number of pages15
JournalFaith and Philosophy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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