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date: 24 April 2019

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This chapter uncovers a development of ideas extending from the thought of Alvin Plantinga through William Alston to Nicholas Wolterstorff. It highlights in this conceptual trajectory the crucial role that ‘practice’ plays in training cognizers for knowing in general, and religious knowing in particular. After illustrating the importance Alasdair MacIntyre’s notion of ‘practice’ has for tacit knowing in a non-religious domain, the chapter argues for the plausibility that ecclesial practices play an analogous role for training religious knowers to perceive truthfully. It concludes by showing the similarity of this position to what philosophical theologian Sarah Coakley and others have recently dubbed the ‘spiritual sense tradition’.

Keywords: Nicholas Wolterstorff, Alasdair MacIntyre, tacit knowing, spiritual senses, Alvin Plantinga, William Alston

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