Questions on the Ayer passage – use the text to answer

What is Ayer’s central assertion?

That any assertions or claims about a god’s existence or non existence or nature are meaningless.

 

Who does Ayer suggest now admit that no god’s existence can be demonstratively proved?

Philosphers.

 

Ayer suggests a theist’s position is an untenable as the position held by what two other groups?

Atheists and agnostics.

 

What is a deity?

A god of any sort.

 

Who or what is Jehovah?

The name for the Judaeo-christian God. Comes from Hebrew letters JHWH no vowels – variously called Jahweh, Yahweh or Jehovah.

 

What is an animistic religion?

One which asserts that the spirit of divinity inhabits all things. The doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls; “animism is common among primitive peoples” Animism (from Latin anima (soul, life) is a philosophical, religious or spiritual idea that souls or spirits exist not only in humans and animals but also in plants, rocks, natural phenomena such as thunder, geographic features such as mountains or rivers…

 

What is the assertion ‘Jehovah is angry’ equivalent to?

It is thundering.

 

What kinds of religions have supplanted those who associate gods with natural phenomena?’

‘Sophisticated’

 

Theists claim that god is not an object of reason but of what?

Faith.

 

How does the mystic get his knowledge of the truth?

From intuition.

 

What does Ayer say that damns the mystics’ beliefs ….that it says more about….

‘the state of mind…’

 

To assert the existence of yellow object expresses what?

A genuine synthetic propostion.

 


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