Do religious “beliefs” respond to evidence?

Philosophical Explorations 20 (sup1):52-72 (2017)
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Some examples suggest that religious credences respond to evidence. Other examples suggest they are wildly unresponsive. So the examples taken together suggest there is a puzzle about whether descriptive religious attitudes respond to evidence or not. I argue for a solution to this puzzle according to which religious credences are characteristically not responsive to evidence; that is, they do not tend to be extinguished by contrary evidence. And when they appear to be responsive, it is because the agents with those credences are playing what I call The Evidence Game, which in fundamental ways resembles the games of make-believe described by Walton's theory of make-believe.
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Introduction to the Special Issue: What Are Religious Beliefs?Coleman Iii, Thomas J.; Jong, Jonathan & van Mulukom, Valerie

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