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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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Attitude Theories

Attitude Theories

(p.92) 6 Attitude Theories
The Coherence of Theism

Richard Swinburne

Oxford University Press

Some twentieth-century writers from Braithwaite to Wittgenstein and Phillips have denied that theological sentences ever express propositions, and so make claims about how the world is. Rather, in their view, theological sentences express attitudes and intentions. As an account of the actual use of such sentences by religious believers of the past two millennia, this is plainly false. The sentences of creeds do express propositions.

Keywords:   R. B. Braithwaite, creeds, D. Z. Phillips, theological sentences, Wittgenstein

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