God in the Act of Reference: Debating Religious Realism and Non-Realism

God in the Act of Reference: Debating Religious Realism and Non-Realism

by Erica Appelros
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754605442

ISBN-13: 9780754605447

Pub. Date: 01/01/2002

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

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

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Overview

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.

Author Biography: Erica Appelros, Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, Uppsala University, Sweden

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754605447
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Series:
Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Theology Series
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1Realists and non-realists1
2Reality as conceptualized17
3Reference as context dependent57
4Reference and reality in make-believe contexts105
5An analysis of reference and reality in religion137
6Concluding remarks177
Bibliography183
Index203

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