The Verification Principle Offers No Real Challenge to Religious Language Discuss

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The Verification Principle offers no real challenge to religious belief Discuss. [35] The principle of verification is one that puts forward methods of validating a statement on whether it is intelligible or meaningful. A prominent thinker on the principle of verification is that of A J Ayer who through his influential publication Language Truth and Logic looked to set out the main principles of what is better known as logical positivism. Through the idea of his arising from the Vienna Circle which originated as an association of philosophers in Vienna in the 1920s, he attempted to set out a method by which language could be deemed as meaningful or not. An introduction o the principle of verification may be seen as an extension of some of AJ Ayers earlier work on the ‘justified true belief’. Therefore Ayer has committed himself to the justification criteria through which may put forward claims of inadequacy or measure. The main argument that was put forward was the verifiability theory of meaning , this was a way in which a statement could be tested through its language to deem if it was worthy to talk about. Therefore in relation to the application to religious arguments and language one may say that the language used in the statements either may be transcendent to the verification principles understanding or that is nonsensical in relation to the metaphysical language used. A.J. Ayer agreed with the principle of metaphysical assertions that can not be verified to the point where he states that all statements about God cannot be verified therefore rendering them meaningless. :But the notion of a person whose essential attributed are non-empirical is not an intelligible notion at all”. Therefore one may reach the conclusion that one argument against the principle of verification principle for religious belief is that is unintelligible. A.J. Ayer
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