A Faith for the Future

Why Non-doxastic Traditional Religion is the Preferable Form of Evolutionary Religion


  • Carl-Johan Palmqvist Lund Univ.




Non-Doxasticism, Schellenberg, Evolutionary religion, Sceptical Religion, Agnosticism


Abstract. In the philosophy of J. L. Schellenberg, “evolutionary religion” is a religious stance oriented towards the deep future. According to Schellenberg, the best form of evolutionary religion is non-doxastic faith in ultimism. I reject Schellenberg’s arguments for preferring ultimism and suggest that committing non-doxastically to traditional religion makes more sense from an evolutionary perspective. I argue that the alignment argument for traditional religion remains sound even when the deep future is considered. Furthermore, I assess Schellenberg’s claim that humanity is religiously immature.


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How to Cite

Palmqvist, Carl-Johan. 2022. “A Faith for the Future: Why Non-Doxastic Traditional Religion Is the Preferable Form of Evolutionary Religion”. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 14 (1):95-122. https://doi.org/10.24204/ejpr.2022.3677.