Theology and Meaning

A Critique of Metatheological Scepticism

By Raeburne Seeley Heimbeck

© 1969 – Routledge

280 pages

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About the Book

What sense, if any, does it make to speak of God? This question, of such vital importance to religious commitment, occupies an important place in discussion among Anglo-American philosophers of religion whose orientation is logical analysis.

‘Metatheological scepticism’ is the view that denies the intelligibility of religious discourse, derived from a theory of meaning which holds that a sentence has cognitive significance only if it makes a statement that is conclusively verifiable on empirical grounds. Dr Heimbeck’s argument for the cognitive nature of religious discourse is twofold. First, he shows that such discourse can qualify as cognitively significant without having to satisfy the verification requirement. Secondly, he shows that it does in fact satisfy such a requirement because it is firmly rooted in the empirical realm.

Originally published in 1969, this book, for teachers and students of philosophy of religion, is both easily comprehensible and highly readable, although the discussion of philosophical and theological points is conducted at an advanced level.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Metatheology 2. Checkability 3. The Challengers (1) 4. The Challengers (2) 5. Falsifiability 6. Verifiability 7. Cognitive Meaning

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Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General
PHI022000
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
REL051000
RELIGION / Philosophy
REL102000
RELIGION / Theology