Religious language: Key terms

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Via Negitiva
The way of talking about God by saying what he is not.
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Via positiva
The way of talking about God by saying what he is.
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Equivocal
When the same word is used in 2 different and unrelated ways.
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Univocal
When the same word is used in 2 different contexts but means the same thing.
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Analogy
When 2 things are compared as similar because they share the same features.
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Myth
A story which conveys a religious belief or truth.
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Cognitive
Language that carries meaning and puts forward a proposition that is provable true and false)
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Non-cognitive
Does not carry meaning in a factual manner, and is not putting forward a proposition provable true or false.
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Analytic statement
A statement true by definition
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Strong verification principle
A statement only carries meaning only if it is either analytic or empirically verifiable.
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Weak verification principle
A statement carries meaning only if it verifiable in principle/synthetically/can be shown to be probably true.
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Blik
A way of looking at the world (Hare).
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Realist
Claims that refer to something that objectively exists and not just within a community of believers.
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Language game
Individual terms have meaning because of the way they are used within a group (Wittgenstein).
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The way of talking about God by saying what he is.

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When the same word is used in 2 different and unrelated ways.

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When the same word is used in 2 different contexts but means the same thing.

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When 2 things are compared as similar because they share the same features.

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