Religious Language

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Religious language

Part one- Introduction

Ludwig Wittgenstein concluded that religious claims are not claims about the world in the same way that scientific claims are. To treat religious claims as hypotheses is to seriously misunderstand the meaning of religious language. 

It is said that religious language cannot be verified, and is therefore meaningless (that is, words like omnipotent and omniscient). The Vienna circle in the 1920s were concerned with language and to what extent it is meaningful- if it is not meaningful it is not verifiable).

Things that are non verifiable (by our own means- research and sense data) are therefore meaningless. 

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