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Reformed epistemology

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Reformed epistemology is found within the epistemological view of foundationalism. The Protestant inspired Reformed epistemology found its beginnings in twentieth-century theistic philosophers, most notably by Alvin Plantinga. Reformed epistemology starts by giving the existence of God the status of a properly basic belief. This is also called an immediately justified basic belief within foundationalism. It is from belief in God as properly basic, that an individual starts to know reality.

The epistemology of religion called reformed epistemology differs from traditional epistemology because it not only deals with evidentialism but also the faith component of Christianity.

Epistemology is confusing because there are several sorts of items to be evaluated and several sorts of evaluation. Since the topic of this article is the epistemology of religion not general epistemology it will be assumed that what is being evaluated is something related to faith, namely individual religious beliefs, and that the way of evaluating religious beliefs is as justified or unjustified.[1]

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  1. The Epistemology of Religion Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, First published Wed Apr 23, 1997; substantive revision Wed Mar 11, 2009

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