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The Words of Theology—I Words With Old and New Senses

Richard Swinburne

in The Coherence of Theism

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240709
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598586 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198240708.003.0004

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

The Words of Theology—I Words With Old and New Senses

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The words of theology (other than technical terms defined by ordinary words) are either ordinary words with ordinary senses, or ordinary words given analogical sense by weakening the syntactic and semantic rules for their use—i.e. by abandoning some of the normal entailments of the words or by extending the class of paradigm examples to which they apply. Scientists who tell us that protons are both ‘waves’ and ‘particles’ give analogical senses to these terms in just these ways. But, weakening the rules for the use of words makes it more difficult to determine the coherence or incoherence of sentences that contain them.

Keywords: analogy; coherence; meaning; theology

Chapter.  9373 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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