The problems of religious language:
• If we use language univocally about God, then we are limiting him / making him like a human
• If we use language equivocally about God, we cannot be sure what the word means when applied to God
• Are statements about God supposed to be cognitive – if so, what evidence proves / disproves them?
• Are statements about God supposed to be non-cognitive – if so, do they have any meaning?
The Verification Principle
The Vienna Circle
This group of philosophers argued that a statement is only meaningful if it can be verified empirically, or if it is a tautology. This idea is known as the verification principle, or sometimes the strong verification principle. For example, ‘the chair is blue’ is easy to verify with our senses; ‘the widow’s husband is dead’ is a tautology. Both of these...