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Trust and Disagreement

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/9780198269717.003.0006
Trust and Disagreement

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This chapter evaluates the relevance of the fact of relativity and the authority of criteria to the issue of proving God's existence. It considers the merits and demerits of philosophers Richard Rorty and Joseph Runzo in responding to relativity by bringing out their useful distinctions between normal and abnormal discourse, and universal and personal absolutes. It discusses the concept of fundamental trust and suggests that Ludwig Wittgenstein's arguments have revealed his fundamental trust in the limiting power of man's ways of acting by trapping God within human conceptions of God.

Keywords: relativity; criteria; God's existence; Richard Rorty; Joseph Runzo; normal discourse; abnormal discourse; absolutes; trust; Ludwig Wittgenstein

Chapter.  9915 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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