Religious language and the problem of religious knowledge by Ronald E. Santoni

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Published by Indiana University Press in Bloomington .

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  • Language and languages -- Religious aspects.,
  • Knowledge, Theory of (Religion)

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Includes bibliographies.

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Statementedited with an introd. by Ronald E. Santoni.
LC ClassificationsBL65.L2 S2
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Pagination382 p.
Number of Pages382
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5618682M
LC Control Number68027352

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Because these traditional conceptions of God make it difficult to describe God, religious language has the potential to be meaningless. Some of the problems with religious language are illustrated by the more extreme positions, for example, A.

Ayer’s claim that the language of theology is meaningless and nonsense and Paul van Buren’s claim that “the word ‘God’ is dead.” 2 Other concerns were prompted by the repercussions of attention to language by the more moderate analytic philosophers and the elevation of the importance Author: James F.

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The problem with the communication of these ideas is that behind the words used are concepts. Individuals have different understandings of the concepts and this might result in differences of interpretation and meaning. Christians have a tendency to use certain “religious” terms that are either directly from Scripture, or which are used as shorthand to describe a biblical principle (such as the ‘Trinity’).

There is nothing wrong with this. However, it can be a problem in communicating with unbelievers. Problem of religious language is how t o talk about God, transcendence and spirituality.

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Explain the problems of religious language. (30) Some words used within religious language may be viewed as contradictory to our inherent beliefs and logical view as human beings one example of this would be the story of the ‘virgin Mary’ as there is no logical explanation to how she gave birth.

The Pew Forum’s religious knowledge survey included 32 questions about various aspects of religion: the Bible, Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism, world religions, religion in public life, and atheism and agnosticism.

The average respondent answered 16 of the 32 religious knowledge questions correctly. Namely, since the problem arises from difficulties in analyzing the meaning of religious language when it is treated as representational and factual claims, one solution would be to argue that they are best understood as having some function other than the representation of facts.

"Originally planned as a companion volume to 'The problem of knowledge'." Pref. Description: xvi, pages 25 cm: Contents: Introductory: principles of knowledge in general --Extreme monistic realism in religion.

The mystical theory of religious knowledge ; Critical evaluation of religious mysticism --Monistic idealism in. Knowledge and Religion: Introduction Technology and Justice: Friedrich Nietzsche “Every age has its own divine type of naïveté for whose invention other ages may envy it—and how much naiveté, venerable, childlike, and boundlessly clumsy naïveté lies in the scholar’s faith in his superiority, in the good conscience of his tolerance, in the unsuspecting simple certainty with which his.

The problem of religious language considers whether it is possible to talk about God meaningfully if the traditional conceptions of God as being incorporeal, infinite, and timeless, are accepted. Because these traditional conceptions of God make it difficult to describe God, religious language has the potential to be meaningless.

Theories of religious language either attempt to demonstrate that such language is meaningless, or attempt to show how religious language. Additional Physical Format: Online version: Santoni, Ronald E. Religious language and the problem of religious knowledge.

Bloomington, Indiana University Press []. Perhaps you can view this one question through your religious perspective and the perspective you recently researched.

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The discussion normally centres around two main issues: namely, the special sense that descriptive terms bear when applied to God and the basic function of religious knowledge.

In reply to the idea that a religious belief is reasonable within the language game but becomes unreasonable when viewed from outside the game, Martin says that it is unclear how an argument could be both reasonable and unreasonable at the same time, unless, of course, religious language is so incredibly compartmentalized.

What do these two terms have to do with religious language or God-talk. Religious language often attempts to describe the attributes or qualities of God.

This is difficult as God is generally not something we have direct experience of, whereas most of the things language refers to are things that we can experience e.g. love, rabbits, hair, walking. Christian Religious Studies (C RS) is suffering from the lack of use of instructional material as a result of government failure to provide the materials and to know the great importance of the use of instructional materials of teaching not only Christian Religious Studies (C.

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Religion seems to be avoided in schools, educators are reluctant to raising the topic of religion in the classroom. Understandably they worry about offending students, or favoring a belief for that matter.

Addressing religion in schools is essential to learning, and can adequately provide students with a diverse connection to the world.

It is legal to discuss and teach. The Religious Language Game: D.Z. Phillips • One philosopher who has applied Wittgenstein’s theory to religious belief is D.Z. Phillips. • Phillips takes on the idea that religion is a language game, extending this to the claim that religion cannot be either grounded or criticised in reason – it is a system all of its own.

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The Problem of Religious Language (Part 1) By Dr. Greg Bahnsen. Is God-talk Even Meaningful. In philosophical circles during much of the twentieth century, two issues which have dominated discussions in philosophy of religion - and thus two of the most popular polemics against the intellectual credibility of Christian commitment - have centered on the meaningfulness of religious discourse.

Knowledge about religious matters; (in later use also) religion taught as a school subject; abbreviated RK. Origin Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Perkins (–), theologian and Church of England clergyman. The creed was not regarded as having religious value, in the sense in which this is contrasted with scientific ac-curacy.

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Philosophical discussions on such topics date from ancient times, and appear in the earliest known texts concerning philosophy. The field is related to many other branches of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics.

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