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The Coherence of TheismSecond Edition$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779698.001.0001

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The Words of Theology

The Words of Theology

1 Words with Old and New Senses

(p.55) 4 The Words of Theology
The Coherence of Theism

Richard Swinburne

Oxford University Press

The words of theology (other than technical terms defined by ordinary words) are either ordinary words with ordinary senses, or ordinary words given analogical senses by weakening the syntactic and semantic rules for their use—that is, by amending some of the normal entailments of the words and/or by amending the class of paradigm examples to which they apply. Scientists who tell us that protons are both ‘waves’ and ‘particles’ give analogical senses to these words in these ways. But weakening the rules for the use of words makes it more difficult to determine the coherence or incoherence of sentences that contain them. Analogy is distinguished from metaphor.

Keywords:   analogy, coherence, metaphor, theology, models

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