Reason has an important role to play in every area of life, including religion. However, Dr. Blanshard’s definition of what is “reasonable” is too narrow. There are many kinds and degrees of evidence. Even if one should not believe contrary to the evidence, or without any evidence, one might be permitted to believe in the absence of perfect evidence. Moreover, what constitutes relevant evidence is not the same in all areas of life. The kind of evidence that is relevant to a belief in physics is not the same as the kind of evidence that is relevant to a belief about the values of music, for example.
"Toward a Reasonable Ethics of Belief,"
Philosophic Exchange: Vol. 2
, Article 11.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/phil_ex/vol2/iss1/11