Rationality of Belief in God According to Anthony Kenny


BEYTULHIKME-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY, vol.8, no.1, pp.95-118, 2018 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.95-118
  • Keywords: Philosophy of religion, Anthony Kenny, God, agnosticism, faith, rationality
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: Yes


Anthony Kenny asserted that none of the traditional arguments regarding the existence of God can be taken as evidence and that the traditional concept of God is inconsistent in every case. Kenny, who identifies himself as agnostic, believes that it's not possible to know the existence of God. However, he also dismisses the claims which state that it's possible to know the nonexistence of God. On the other hand, asserting that it's impossible to know the God, Kenny thinks that the concept of God is the single greatest creation of human imagination and for this reason alone is enough for humans not to be indifferent to this concept. Moreover, he states that although the existence or absence of God cannot be known, belief in God is a rational belief. Kenny's basic assertions are that the arguments put forward to claim knowing God are not persuasive and that it is a mistake to acknowledge agnosticism as a diluted form of atheism. Furthermore, according to him, since neither theists nor atheists can prove their claims, agnosticism is the most rational approach. Kenny, who considers that talking to God must remain metaphorical, states that anthropomorphism also has its own limits and it can only be applied up to a certain point.