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What are the two ways to approach RL?

Realist (object meaning) and anti-realist (subjective meaning)

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Verification was proposed by

Ayer

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Verification means

Nothing can be proven unless scientifically verified

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Ward criticises verification saying

Just because we can't verify doesn't mean he isn't verifiable - "if I were god I could verify my own existence"

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Hick critics verification and says

The afterlife could be proven once we are in that "celestial city"

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The main problem with verification is that

It cannot be verified itself

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Who created falsification?

Flew

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Falsification suggest that we must

Take something to be true until it is falsified

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Flew said that God

"Dies the death of a thousand qualifications"

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What is the main criticism of falsification?

God is immeasurable so can't be falsified

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Swinburne criticise falsification and said

If toys came alive behind closed doors we wouldn't know, maybe we can't falsify god as we don't know enough

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Who created the concept of Bliks as a criticism of verifictaion?

Hare

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What example does Hare use for Bliks?

A student who thinks his teachers are trying to kill him - just because he is wrong does not mean the Blik is meaningless

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Who supported the idea of symbols?

Paul Tillich

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Tillich says symbols involve everyone

Example of flags

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What does Tillich say of symbols

They convey something we cannot express

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What does J Randall say about symbolic language

It inspires, clarifies our experience of God and Expresses emotion
Is non cognitive

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How did john hick criticise symbol?

There's no difference between symbol and sign

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What does Edwards say of symbol?

"It doesn't coney any facts" - isn't verifiable or falsifiable

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Who argued for analogy?

Aquinas

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What does analogy of attribution state?

Our goddess comes directly from god - baker and his bread

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What does analogy of proportion say ?

God, humans and plants are alive

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What does Ian Ramsey say about analogy?

Words like "kind" are not the same in defence to god so we qualify then to use them as analogy

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Who argued for via negativa ?

Pseudo-Dionysius

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What does via negativa suggest

Words limit our understanding of a transcendent god

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Who argued for myth?

Macquarrie

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What does Durkheim say?

Myth is a construct of society to show what is important to them

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What does jaspers say about myth

Expresses intuitive insights (things you just know eg god will protect you)
They are stories about god not external realities so aren't necessarily real
Carry meaning

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What does bultmann say about myths?

The bible isn't real - it's myth