THEOLOGICAL NONCOGNITIVISM is the argument that religious language
– specifically, words such as "
* 1 Overview * 2 See also * 3 Notes and references * 4 External links
Theological noncognitivists argue in different ways, depending on what one considers the "theory of meaning " to be.
One argument holds to the claim that definitions of
Michael Martin writing from a verificationist perspective concludes that religious language is meaningless because it is not verifiable.
George H. Smith uses an attribute-based approach in an attempt to prove that there is no concept for God: he argues that there are no meaningful attributes, only negatively defined or relational attributes, making the term meaningless.
An example: Consider the proposition of the existence of a "pink unicorn". When asserting the proposition, one can use attributes to at least describe the concept such a cohesive idea is transferred in language. With no knowledge of "pink unicorn", it can be described minimally with the attributes "pink", "horse", and "horn". Only then can the proposition be accepted or rejected. The acceptance or rejection of the proposition is distinct from the concept.
It is asserted by Steven J. Conifer that to be an atheist , one who
not only lacks a belief in gods but who furthermore denies that gods
exist, is to give credence to the existence of a concept of something
* Newton\'s flaming laser sword * Problem of religious language
NOTES AND REFERENCES
* ^ Martin, Michael . Atheism: A Philosophical Justification.
Temple University Press , 1990. ISBN 978-0-87722-642-0
* ^ Martin, Michael. "Positive