Religious Language pt 2

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  • Religious Language pt 2
    • LANGUAGE GAMES
      • the meaning of words change depending on the situation they are used in
      • criticism
  • strengths
    • r.l can provide some understanding of God
    • ANALOGY
      • Religious Language pt 2
        • LANGUAGE GAMES
          • the meaning of words change depending on the situation they are used in
          • criticism
      • it seems no word can be used literally of God' - Aquinas summa theologica
        • rejected using the via negativa alone - there are positive things we can say about God
        • language cant be used literally of God. even terms such as 'God is good should be understood analogically and not literally'
      • the qualities that we ascribe to each other are a reflection of the qualities of God
        • Brian Davies - bread and baker analogy
        • Aquinas - bulls healthy urine
      • weaknesses
        • assumes similarity between humans and God, however he is different to us so its hard to see how words can be used in a similar way

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