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Criticism's of the Verification Principle and Resp


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The Verification Principle has problems itself
many of the statements it categorizes as meaningless clearly do have meaning
Statements that express opinions or emotions, such as ‘I love you’
cannot be empirically verified but nevertheless do have meaning
Ethical and moral statements such as ‘Do not commit murder’
are not empirically verifiable, but certainly have meaning
Laws of science cannot be always be completely verified
for example, when we say that ‘gravity always makes thing fall to the ground’, we do not know if this will always be true, yet this statement is still meaningful
Historical statements such as ‘The Battle of Hastings took place in 1066’
are meaningful though there is no one alive who could claim to have experienced the event
The Verification Principle cannot itself be verified
for there is no empirical experience that can prove it to be true
The principle is too strong
it outlaws not only religious language but most of human language too, including art/poetry etc
Stewart Sutherland says
Ayer's theory is "conceptually restrictive and intellectually imperialistic in its character"
The Verification principle is
neither verifiable nor true by definition so it must be meaningless
Keith Ward in 'Holding Fast to God'
' If I were God I would be able to check the truth of my own existence' so his existence is verifiable in principle
John Hick in 'Faith and Knowledge'
Religious claims such as 'Jesus was born in Bethlehem' are historical and meaningful because they are verifiable in principle
John Hick
'Parable of Celestial City'
Eschatological Verification
Hick says that at death we will have evidence of Gods existence as we will perceive God
Weak verification supports the claim of
God as creator with evidence from design