Religious language 1 OCR Philosophy

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  • Religious Language 1
    • Types of language
      • Equivocal
        • Words that mean diff things when used in diff contexts
      • Univocal
        • Words that mean the same thing when used in diff contexts
    • Cataphatic Way
      • via positiva
      • say what god is
      • Aquinas = opponent
        • we cannot say anything positive that is true of god
        • Via eminentiae - what we know of god is partial
        • can only make positive claims thru analogies
    • Apophatic Way
      • via negativa
      • talk about what god is not e.g. his love is incomprehensible
      • Pseudo dionysius
        • NO finite language
          • our reason cannot understand
          • Maimondes - anthropromorphise if we do
    • Analogy
      • Aquinas
        • analogy of attribution - causal relationship
        • analogy of proportionality - words relate to objects diff in proportion
      • swinburne - unneccessary theory we can use univocal lang
    • Symbolism
      • Tillich
        • using symbols is meaningful
          • all rel lang is symbolic not literal
      • universal
      • open to interpretation
      • subjective
      • ambiguous

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