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God in the Act of Reference

Debating Religious Realism and Non-Realism, 1st Edition

By Erica Appelros


224 pages

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To claim to believe in God without accepting that God exists independently of human minds would mean reducing God to merely a human construct, thus not real enough for being the object of religious worship. This book sets out to challenge this common view on existence and religious belief. Arguing from concrete examples of language use in children's make-believe play and other ordinary situations, Erica Appelros suggests that what makes us consider something to be real involves our capacities to relate to our surroundings - not only on grounds of their physical characteristics but also on grounds of human construction. This book makes a substantial contribution to the contemporary debate within philosophy of religion on religious realism and non-realism, and suggests innovative and constructive solutions to the perennial philosophical and religious issue of what is meant by talking about God and God's existence.


'… this work offers a re-evaluation of the way in which we understand the sense in which our language may 'refer' to God. Modern Believing

Table of Contents

Contents: Realists and non-realists; Reality as conceptualized; Reference as context dependent; Reference and reality in make-believe contexts; An analysis of reference and reality in religion; Concluding remarks; Bibliography; Index.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General