Religion, reason and nondirective teaching : a reply to Trevor Cooling

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In other work I have argued that decisions about what to teach directively and what non-directively should be governed by an epistemic criterion. Trevor Cooling has recently advanced some objections to my defence and application of the epistemic criterion and proposed an alternative to it. Here I reply to his objections and comment on his proposed alternative.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-85
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Beliefs and Values
Issue number1
Early online date28 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2014


  • religion, reason, directive teaching , scriptural authority, non-directive teaching, epistemic criterion, behavioural criterion