Inhernt problesm of religious langauge


Limitation of religious language

language based on experience - everyday communication is about the physical world - language about emotions, ideas, ethical dilemia and religious langage is all beyond our physical - metaphysical

Hume - 'for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion' - built on by the logical positivists

language basd upon experience and our experiences are confined to the empirical world -- Language used to express god as the ultimate or as infinite or timeless are hard to describe

religious language for both regious ritual and to describe divinities that are described in sacred writings - may not be communicated well - not understable or relatable for a non-believer

religion is not common shared base and experience that is universally applicable - empirical understanding of language breaks down - timelessness

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