Flasification Principle Essay

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The falsification principle offers no real challenge to religious belief. (45) There are several principles and arguments which try to challenge religious belief by raising questions about it. One of these principles is the falsification principle which questions the meaningfulness of religious statements by checking if they can be falsified, or not as the cases may be. The thing that must be examined however is whether the challenges made by such a principle are really strong enough to challenge people's beliefs. The Falsification Principle is a similar principle to the verification principle as both states that statements are only meaningful if it can be proven true or false, verified or falsified. The falsification principle however if more focused on the idea of falsifying statements, as the name would suggest, and says that religious statements are meaningless because people(believers) will let nothing count against them no matter what the evidence. For example believers may have the belief that 'God is loving' and no matter how strong or how much evidence I could provide to show the opposite the believers would still have reasons why, in spite of everything, God continues to be loving. This was the point Anthony Flew was trying to make when he applied the falsification principle to religious statements and concluded that they were meaningless as he deemed it they died a 'death by a thousand qualifications'. There will never be anything believers will accept that could challenge what they believe because they will always come up with other ways of qualifying it. The parable of the garden put forward by John Wisdom was also used by Flew in order to prove his view religious statements are meaningless because a believer will allow nothing to interfere with their beliefs. In the parable two people return to their long neglected garden and once there one says that
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