Is It Reasonable to Believe in God?


Just how reasonable is it to believe in God?

Is belief in God irrational, perhaps even delusional? Or can a good case be made for the existence of God? Might there be powerful evidence against the existence of God? Setting aside evidence and the arguments, might some of us ‘just know’ that God exists, because God has directly revealed himself to them?

This panel discussion will explore these and other issues relating to reasonable belief in God.


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Tuition fee £19.00


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Professor John G Cottingham


John Cottingham is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Reading University, Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Roehampton University London, and an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College Oxford. His publications in the history of philosophy include Descartes (Blackwell, 1986), The Rationalists (OUP,1988), and Cartesian Reflections (OUP, 2008), and he is co-editor and translator of the three-volume Cambridge edition of The Philosophical Writings of Descartes. His books on moral philosophy and philosophy of religion include Philosophy and the Good Life (CUP, 1998), On the Meaning of Life (Routledge, 2003), The Spiritual Dimension (CUP, 2005), Why Believe? (Continuum, 2009), Philosophy of Religion: Towards a More Humane Approach (CUP, 2014), and How To Believe (Bloomsbury, 2015). From 1993-2012 he was editor of Ratio, the international journal of analytic philosophy. The Moral Life, a Festschrift honouring his work in moral psychology, ethics and religion, appeared in 2008. For more details see

Dr Stephen Law


Stephen Law is a Departmental Lecturer in Philosophy and Director of the Certificate of Higher Education at OUDCE. His research focuses on the philosophy of mind, language, metaphysics and on philosophy of religion. He also writes many accessible online articles and edits the Royal Institute of Philosophy journal THINK: Philosophy for Everyone.

Prof Keith Ward


Keith Ward is a British philosopher, theologian, priest and scholar. He was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford from 1991 to 2004. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a priest of the Church of England, holding the post of canon of Christ Church, Oxford until 2003. 

Comparative theology and the relationship between science and religion are two of his main topics of interest. 

Dr Amna Whiston


Dr Amna Whiston is a philosopher specialising in moral philosophy and the philosophy of mind with a range of philosophical interests, research and teaching experiences that include Kant’s moral philosophy, philosophy of the emotions, Cartesian dualism, Plato, Aristotle, Locke, and Marx.