Why Faith Makes Sense: On Graham Ward’s Unbelievable

Khegan Marcel Delport


The following is a review article of Unbelievable: Why We Believe and Why We Don’t, by Graham Ward. Ward’s recent volume on the entwining of belief and perception, while not being an explicitly theological monograph, nonetheless evinces a subtle theological texture. In it, Ward argues for the ultimate “fittingness” between mind and world, thereby rejecting any 'representationalist' account of this relation. By grounding the practices of belief within a re-telling of evolutionary history and phenomenological accounts of perception, Ward seeks to show the pervasiveness of belief in all worldly interactions, and therefore cannot to be relegated an epiphenomenal, lesser form of 'knowing'. Religious faith is simply a deepening of the logic that is already present within ordinary modes of finite engagement, and therefore should not be seen as an “unnatural” intervention within the realm of nature and human culture.


Graham Ward, Belief, Phenomenology


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