Philosophy: Augustine: The Usefulness of Belief

In his De utilitate credendi, having shown that “there is a great difference between a believer and a credulous person,” Augustine anticipates that Honoratus, to whom the treatise is addressed, might respond as follows: “[…] even if we admit that to believe is different from being credulous it does not follow that there is nothing wrong in believing in religious matters” (309).

Augustine then attempts to show that there is nothing wrong in believing in religious matters. But does he succeed? And does he convincingly show that “we should not follow men who promise to guide us by reason” (311)? Please clearly state your stance in this problem.

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