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Single Idea 20697

[catalogued under 29. Religion / D. Religious Issues / 1. Religious Commitment / b. Religious Meaning]

Full Idea

In order to speak meaningfully about God, it is not necessary that one should understand exactly the import of one's statements about him.

Gist of Idea

One does not need a full understanding of God in order to speak of God


Brian Davies (Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion [1982], 2 'Sayng')

Book Reference

Davies,Brian: 'An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion' [OUP 1993], p.31

A Reaction

Perfectly reasonable. To insist that all discussion of a thing requires exact understanding of the thing is ridiculous. Equally, though, to discuss God while denying all understanding of God is just as ridiculous.