This is not incongruous with investigating the theistic hypothesis, gathering evidence for it (or against it), and then confirming or denying it. What is necessary, said Price (7), is that anyone "interested" in religion must "assume that each of us has an inner life, and lives through experiences which only he can describe at first-hand."
Philosophers, said Price (8), often face a conflict between duty and inclination. The philosopher almost invariably seeks to test a hypothesis and somehow prove that a relationship between well-identified variables exists. Not all hypothesis testing in philosophy or in the hard sciences and social sciences results in proving that a hypothesis is correct. It is often true that the results of hypothesis testing reveal that the hypothesis itself is invalid. In the case of faith, Roman Catholic theologians often acknowledge that what men must do to acquire faith is to figuratively leap across a great abyss û an abyss in which all of the rational reasons for rejecting the existence of God or belief in God's love for man can be found. In other words, by making this leap of faith one suspends hypothesis testing per se and allows realization to take control of one's belief and value system.
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