Religious Language Key Words

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Univocal
The word has exactly the same meaning at all times.
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Equivocal
The same word is used with two completely different meanings
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Cognitive
A statement that’s subject to being true or false.
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Non-cognitive
A statement that is not subject to truth or falsity
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Logical Positivism
A movement in philosophy that believed that the aim of philosophers
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Vienna Circle
The group of philosophers including Schlick (1882-1936) and Neurath (1882-1945) who gave rise to the logical positivist movement
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Verification Principle
The belief that statements are only meaningful if they can be verified by the senses. These are strong and weak forms of the principle generally associated with the Vienna Circle and A J Ayer (1910-89) respectively
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Tautology
A logical statement that we can know to be true by definition
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Metaphysics
Literally meaning above or beyond physics, metaphysics involves questions concerning being and ultimate reality.
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Eschatology
Literally the study of the last things or end times
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Falsification Principle
A principle for assessing whether statements are genuine scientific assertions by considering whether any evidence could ever disprove them.
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Blik
Here’s term for a basic belief that is not altered despite empirical evidence
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Gnostic
Religious groups in the 1st and 2nd centuries after Jesus who claimed to have secret knowledge of God and salvation
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Analogy
An approach to religious language that compares the normal use of a word to its religious use. To say God is good means a similar thing as saying that John is good
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Anthropomorphism
Conception of God as having the form, personality or attributes of man.
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Signs
Point us towards something else whereas a symbol participates in that to which it points.
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Fideism
The belief that faith is more important than reason. Beliefs cannot be subjected to rational analysis.
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