Belief Quotient - Justified Belief-Decision: Ontological and Epistemic Implications to Existential Decisions

By Tennyson Samraj.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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This paper defines the either/or query of existential beliefs as justified belief-decisions. Although every belief is either true or false, every belief cannot be verified as true or false. While verification is the basis for sense-evident beliefs and comprehension is the basis for self-evident beliefs, volition is the basis for the acceptance or rejection of existential truth. What is existential is an either/or matter. While the end-process of knowing is the birth of knowledge, the end-process of volition is the birth of believers. If what is known is an ontological matter, then to know is to know what is known as either true or false. If what is known is an existential matter, then to know is to know whether one is a believer or disbeliever. If Intelligence Quotient (IQ) registers one’s intellectual capacity – how smart one is in terms of others, and Emotional Quotient (EQ) registers one’s intentional well-being related to how we choose to live with others, Belief quotient (BQ) could register one’s intelligent decisions related to why we choose to believe or disbelieve in God. While knowledge – Justified True Belief (JTB) – attempts to establish the relationship between what is epistemic and what is ontological, contrastingly, Justified Belief-Decisions (JBD) attempt to establish a relationship between what is epistemic and what is existential. The coined expression belief-quotient defines decisions as justified belief-decision (JBD) – discerned decisions for or against what is comprehended when what is comprehended is purely noetic. It is argued here that regardless of whether beliefs are basic or non-basic, beliefs related to God requires a decision. This paper revisits Kierkegaard, Buber, Pojman, William James, Sartre and Plantinga in understanding the nature of existential beliefs.

Keywords: God, Existential Belief, Justified Belief-Decisions, Justified True Belief, Intelligence Quotient, Emotional Quotient, Belief Quotient, Kierkegaard, Buber, Pojman, William James, Sartre, Plantinga

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.61-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 392.133KB).

Dr. Tennyson Samraj

Chair, Department of Philosophy, Canadian University / College, Lacombe, Alberta, Canada

I teach Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Religion at Canadian University College in Alberta Canada.