Ontological Priority and Epistemic Priority

“Ontological priority means that something has to exist in order for something else to exist. Epistemic priority means that you have to know one thing in order to know another thing. Consider the two statements: “If God does not exist, then our intuitions about reality are not justified” (a claim about ontological priority) with: “If you do not believe in God, your intuitions about reality are not justified” (a claim about epistemic priority). These are completely different claims. I agree that God needs to exist in order to justify our intuitions about what is and is not moral. However, it does not follow that we need to believe in God in order to act morally.”

(Presuppositionalism Under the Microscope)

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