New PDF release: Analytic Philosophy of Religion (Handbook of Contemporary

By James F. Harris

ISBN-10: 9048159830

ISBN-13: 9789048159833

Whilst Gene lengthy, editor of Kluwer's guide of latest Philosophy of faith sequence, first invited me to jot down the quantity on Analytic Philosophy of faith, I authorised with nice enthusiasm. My basically cause of that enthusiasm now could be that i used to be more youthful and extra naive on the time. quickly after beginning paintings at the quantity, my enthusiasm was once dampened through the daunting importance of the duty. i started as a sprinter and fast settled into the speed of a long-distance runner. even though I thought of myself good learn within the topic, I quickly chanced on that I had loads of study to do to be convinced that I had thought of all the significant contributions to many of the discussions, matters, and of faith. As I learn increasingly more difficulties came across inside of analytic philosophy books and articles, i noticed that I had rushed right into a territory already good trodden through the angels. i'm significantly inspired via the sophistication and subtlety of philosophical argument that symbolize the various debates in modern analytic philosophy of faith. This quantity covers an enormous quantity of fabric. i've got endeavored to supply the fairest attainable examining of alternative authors, and, in situations the place I contain my very own severe reviews and enhance my very own positions, i've got endeavored to supply the most powerful attainable interpretations of the positions I criticize.

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Is divine love so different from human love that it loses all resemblance to human love? How then can we understand what we mean by divine love? Why would we then still call it love? The different ways in which one might respond to these challenges are indicative of the different theoretical responses to the challenge of the meaningfulness and the nature of religious language. There have been two general categories of responses to the challenge of the meaningfulness of religious language based upon the notion of falsifiability.

The positivists could never agree on a formulation of the verification criterion of meaning that would do what they wanted it to do;5 however, the notion of verification never completely faded away and continued as an undercurrent of analytic philosophy. The continued dominance of the scientific method and the glaring differences between the scientific method and the many ways of forming and explaining religious belief invited the continued comparison of the statements of science and religious language.

We all believe that the steering wheel of our car will continue to tum the wheels properly and allow us to control the car, though we may not have the knowledge of the engineering of the mechanisms or the tolerances of the metals and other materials involved to justify such a belief. 23 Most people believe that airplanes are safe while others do not. And, many times, those who do not believe that airplanes are safe, people who have a "fear of flying," may well know more about aerodynamics than those who do not have such a fear.

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