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Does God’s Existence Need Proof?$
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Richard Messer

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269717

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269717.001.0001

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The Depth of Disagreement

The Depth of Disagreement

(p.49) 3 The Depth of Disagreement
Does God’s Existence Need Proof?

Richard Messer

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the criticism of cognitive philosophers of religion on the views of D. Z. Phillips about the need to rationally prove the existence of God. Cognitive philosophers accused Phillips of being a non-cognitivist, a revisionist, an atheist, and of cutting off belief in God from any genuine criticism by denying the application of the rationality principle to the analysis of God's existence. This chapter discusses Phillips' responses to these criticisms and argues that the disagreement between traditional philosophy of religion and Phillips' Wittgensteinianism is so great that no solution appears possible.

Keywords:   existence of God, D. Z. Phillips, philosophy of religion, cognitive philosophy, rationality principle, Wittgensteinianism

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