20th century perspectives on religious language

20th century perspectives on religious language    (Philosophy of Religion 6) What is logical positivism? Which British philosopher is most associated with this idea? What is an analytic statement? Give an example. What is a synthetic statement? Give an example. What does the verification principle claim? What does the verification principle claim about religious language,… Read More 20th century perspectives on religious language

Death and the Afterlife

Death and the Afterlife      (Developments in Christian Thought 1b) What is the difference between reincarnation and resurrection? What is the difference between disembodied existence and resurrection? In what ways is heaven described? How is hell described? What is purgatory? What does ‘purged’ mean? Which group of Christians believe in the idea of purgatory?… Read More Death and the Afterlife

Religious responses to the rise of atheism: the problem of evil (AP10)

The problem of evil is perhaps the most challenging problem faced by theists.  Why does God allow evil?  The atheist response that God does not exist and so cannot stop evil provides a compelling argument against theism, but for nearly the whole history of Christianity, theologians have sought to justify why God would allow evil.… Read More Religious responses to the rise of atheism: the problem of evil (AP10)

Reasons for the rise of atheism: the awareness of other faiths (AP11)

Prior to the twentieth century, knowledge of other religions was very limited.  With the increasing ease of worldwide travel and the greater study of different faiths, many more people are aware of multiple faiths.  In a society such as the UK which has become multicultural to an extent, many of these religions, beliefs and practices… Read More Reasons for the rise of atheism: the awareness of other faiths (AP11)