Mystery of God

Posted on May 9, 2008

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One of the claims I have been arguing for is that religious beliefs can be identified by their practical untestability, caused as much by social attitudes as by their content – the important point being that if a belief is not subject to empirical testing it is much freer to be shaped by its latent function. BBC News has an article on the Archbishop’s of Westminster latest speech in which he seems to pretty much agree with at least the first of these claims:

God is not a “fact in the world” as though God could be treated as “one thing among other things to be empirically investigated” and affirmed or denied on the “basis of observation”, said Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor.

“If Christians really believed in the mystery of God, we would realise that proper talk about God is always difficult, always tentative.

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