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God and Religious Language

Richard Messer

in Does God’s Existence Need Proof?

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269717
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683763 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269717.003.0002
God and Religious Language

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This chapter considers various accounts of God, religious language, and the role of philosophy, all of which underlie the attitudes to the appropriateness of the Proofs of God encapsulated by Clement of Alexandria and Tertullian. It contrasts the views of Richard Swinburne and D. Z. Phillips on the need to rationally prove the existence of God. It concludes that traditional philosophy of religion considers God as a natural God and that the grammatical objections of the Wittgensteinian school against this God are designed to show that this natural God is not the God of religious belief.

Keywords: God; religious language; philosophy; Clement of Alexandria; Tertullian; Richard Swinburne; D. Z. Phillips; natural God; religious belief; Proofs of God

Chapter.  9946 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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