Pages in this set

Page 1

Preview of page 1

Language games
Verification Principle
Falsification Principle
Is it possible to say anything meaningful about God?
What is the problem of talking about God?
Can we talk with any meaning about God?
Language Games
o Concerned with the way language is used and the…

Page 2

Preview of page 2
D.Z. Phillips
Uses Wittgenstein
Religion has doctrinal statements
These determine what it is to talk meaningfully about God, determining
what can and cannot be said about God
Does not attempt to describe the divine being
Simply the doctrines that explain how we can and cannot talk about God
Endgame of…

Page 3

Preview of page 3
o Human is faithful ­ how?
o Some similarities between the two, but also differences ­ analogy
Example 2 ­ Good (also Hick)
o Assumption: there is a connection between God and humans, as
God created humans
o Humans are good
o God is good
o God…

Page 4

Preview of page 4
o Many symbols used for God are anthropomorphic (father, teacher,
guide, lover etc.) ­ but also use stories, items, words...
o People can relate to anthropomorphic symbols more readily than natural
elements, as these did not give an idea of a personal relationship
o Paul Tillich
o Successful symbol participates…

Page 5

Preview of page 5
o Symbolic story
o Come from the people, rather than a single author
o Influenced by local events, culture, geography, environment, seasons,
o Connected to rites, drama, etc.
o Give roles for gods and goddesses
o Biblical Stories
o Biblical stories could be classed as myths
o Fundamentalist Christians…

Page 6

Preview of page 6
o "It is impossible to use electric light and the wireless and to avail
ourselves of modern medical and surgical discoveries and, at the
same time, to believe in the New Testament world of demons and
o Dawkins
o "... much of the Bible is ... just plain weird,…

Page 7

Preview of page 7
o Therefore statements which attempt to say something about the world
are factually meaningful if experience and observation can establish
these statements as probable
o Logical Positivists who accept this weaker version, therefore, allow more
statements to be defined as factually meaningful
o However, many thought that this weak sense…

Page 8

Preview of page 8
o Language games ­ Wittgenstein's "don't ask for its meaning, ask for its
o R.M. Hare ­ bliks
o "Ways of regarding the world which are in principle either
verifiable nor falsifiable"
o When believers use religious language they are using it in their
own unique way
o Believers…

Page 9

Preview of page 9
o (Comes from a very liberal, Christian respective ­ evangelicals
would not agree, as they think the stories are literally, synthetically
o Hick
o Does not believe religious language is factually meaningless
o Religious language is meaningful and is in principle verifiable (y
the weak version)
o Tells following…


No comments have yet been made

Similar Philosophy resources:

See all Philosophy resources »