Antony Flew argues that the concept of God is meaningless, since it cannot even in principle be falsified, and therefore since ‘God exists’ denies nothing. by Antony Flew. L et us begin with a parable. It is a parable developed from a tale told by John Wisdom in his haunting and revolutionary article “Gods.”[1] Once. The contribution in question is the symposium in which Antony Flew’s short paper “Theology and Falsification” was presented and discussed.

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Take such utterances as “God has a plan,” “God created the world,” “God loves us as ttheology father loves his children. But no shrieks ever suggest that some intruder has received a shock.

Thus Flew concludes that religious believers cause God to “die the death of a ralsification qualifications”. No keywords specified fix it. Yet still the Believer is not convinced. He expressed surprise over the confusion some people have spread and asserted that his position about the belief in god remains unchanged and is the same as it was expressed in his famous speech “Theology and Falsification”.

Parable of the Invisible Gardener

No movements of the wire ever betray an invisible climber. No movements of the wire ever betray an invisible climber. Just what would have to happen not merely morally and wrongly to tempt but also logically and rightly to entitle us to say “God does not love us” or even “God does not exist”?

Someone may dissipate his assertion completely without noticing that he has done so. For if the utterance is indeed an assertion, it will necessarily be equivalent to a denial of the negation of the assertion.


Philosophical Disquisitions: Episode 4 – Theology and Falsification

For they remember how H. Wells’s The Invisible Man could be both smelt and touched though he could not he seen.

At the time when the paper from which ‘Theology and Falsification’ was distilled was presented to the Socratic Club its discussions about God were tending to become sterile confrontations between Logical Positivists, claiming that what pretend to be assertions about God are in truth utterances, without literal significance, and the various opponents of Logical Positivists, who found that conclusion unconscionable.

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Wells’s invisible man could not, admittedly, be seen, but in all other respects he was a man like the rest of us. Rationalist International Bulletin But then we see a child dying of inoperable cancer of the throat.

Tom Clark July 7, at 2: Theology and Falsification Again. My view is that it would not invalidate Flew’s thoughts if he went mad later. Some qualification is made — God’s love is “not a merely human love” or it is “an inscrutable love,” perhaps — fa,sification we realise that such sufferings are quite compatible with the truth of the assertion that “God loves us as a father but, of course, Now it often seems to people who are not religious as if there was no falsificatiob event or series of events the occurrence of which would be admitted by sophisticated religious people to be a sufficient reason for conceding “there wasn’t a God after all” or “God does not really love us then.


For if the utterance is indeed an assertion, it will necessarily be equivalent to a denial of the negation of that assertion. Either you see it or you don’t.

His earthly father is driven frantic in his efforts to help, but his Heavenly Father reveals no obvious sign of concern. Languages Eesti Italiano Nederlands Edit links.

Hare flrw that religious utterances should be interpreted not as makings of statements but as expressions of what he called a blik — something like a general approach or a general attitude. In that epistle you as the “Reader” are told what the writer “thought fit to acquaint you with, that thou mightest know what a jewel thou has in thy hands, which thou must accordingy value, not by the bulk, but by the preciousness.

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Theology & Falsification: A Golden Jubilee Celebration (2000)

During the conversation with me, Professor Antony Flew expressed desire to falzification this paper as it represented his views till this moment. Showing that God Exists. Just how does what you call an invisible, intangible, eternally elusive gardener differ from an imaginary gardener or even from no gardener at all?

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