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The Verification Principle offers no real challenge to religious belief. Discuss. (45)
I would like to start this essay by explaining the background to Logical Positivism and the Verification Principle.
The Verification Principle is a philosophical doctrine fundamental to Logical Positivism. Logical Positivists argue that a statement is meaningful only if it is either empirically verifiable or else tautological (You can get to its truth by the meanings of its terms). They believe that if you can give evidence to back up what you said then that evidence was what your statement was all about, e.g. "There is a cat outside the door". The Logical Positivists would say that you can prove this by looking outside the door and you will see the cat.
It does appear to offer a real challenge to religious belief since they believe that the only way a statement can be meaningful is either that the meaning of the words prove this or they can be proved by some form of sense experience.
Firstly, statements that can be verified using internal logic and grammar are analytic. For example, "all spinsters are unmarried". Everything needed to verify the statement is included in the
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