Religious Language (Key Ideas)
Scholarly quotations to support the key points of religious language: analogy, verification/falsification, symbol/myth and language games.
Terms in this set (20)
'Don't ask for its meaning, ask for its use' (language games)
'Once somebody understands the concept of God, God exists in that way for that person' (anti-realsim)
'Religion has doctrinal statements which determine what it is to talk meaningfully of God' (language games)
'We cannot talk about God equivocally or univocally.' (Analogy)
'We can only compare two things when there are elements of similarity.' (Analogy)
'The analogy of faithfulness: we can argue that a dog is faithful and a human is faithful - but it is important to consider the distinct differences between them.'
'The baker is good. The bread is good' (Analogy of Attribution)
'A successful symbol participates in that to which it points to.'
'The language if faith is the language of symbols'
'Symbols are meaningless, as they lack any verifiable, objective, factual knowledge'
'We have no way of knowing if symbols are giving us false insights, or if they are genuinely appropriate.'
'We only encounter the world through symbols that we experience, interpret and perceive.'
'A religion is a structuring of a certain group of symbols which are understood.'
'Language is also exclusive rather than inclusive. Meaning that is excludes some people and some ideas of God.'
'The Bible is just plain weird' (symbol/myth)
'Atheists, agnostics and theists are incapable of talking about God meaningfully'
'The idea of God as a designer is only really telling us that there is design and consistency in the world, not that there is actually a deity'
'Religious statements are meaningless because there is nothing that can count against them.'
Anthony Flew (Falsification)
The Parable of the Gardener
'They would die the death of 1000 qualifications.'