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A2OCRPhilosophyofReligion
ReligiousLanguage(I)
Anintroduction,viewsandtypes



Introduction


Somep eoplea rguet hath umanl anguagecano nlybea ttributedt ot heworld
andt het hingsw ithini t.I .e.w ec anuseh umanlanguaget od escribeour
environmenta ndp hysicalo bjects,` thecloudi sblue',o r` ther ockis
hard'.

Therefore,itcanb es aidt hati si ncapableo fdescribingthingsw hichare
outsideo ftheworld,e speciallyt hingsw hichareo utsideofh uman…

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1)Islam-M uslimshavea roundn inety-ninenamesforAllah,including
`merciful'a nd`compassionate'.

2)Hinduism-intheB hagavadaGita,theH induGodK rishnai sattributed
ton ameslike`thec auserofa llcauses',`all-mighty'.

3)Judaism-J ewishpeopleoftenrefertoGodasthe`creator'and
`father'.



Theistsa lsot ryt oc ommunicatet hingsi ntheirb eliefswhicha re
considered` supernatural',i no therw ords,thingsw hichgob eyondour
everydaye xperiences.



Examples:
1)Theafterlife

2)Talksaboutreachingenlightenment

3)Thenatureofthesoul




Thephilosophicalissuewithreligiouslanguage


Thep hilosophicalissuew itht heu seofr eligiousl anguagei s` Can…

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1)Truth-claims-t hisi stheuseoflanguagewhichassertswhatis,and
whati sn ott hec ase.

Example:` Therei snoG odb utA llah'or` Jesusisalivet oday'.
Truth-claimso ftenconcludet hatt heoppositeisnecessarilyf alse.

2)Expression-thisistheuseoflanguagewhichexpressesemotionsor
feelings.

Example:` Wea ret rulys orrya ndaskf orgivenessforours ins'before
aH olyC ommunion.A nothere xamplecanb ef oundi ntheBooko f
Habakkuki nt heB ible:` Howl ong,OL ord,m ustIc allforh elpbut…

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controltheirf eelingsa nde motions,andgiverisetoh umanitarianf eelings
sucha sempathya ndc ompassionw hichinturnhelpsotherh umanb eings

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