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The Philosophical Approach to GodA New Thomistic Perspective, 2nd Revised Edition$
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W. Norris Clarke

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227198

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227198.001.0001

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The Analogical Structure of Language about God

The Analogical Structure of Language about God

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(p.69) The Analogical Structure of Language about God
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The Philosophical Approach to God
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W. NORRIS CLARKE, S.J.

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823227198.003.0006

This chapter explores the problem of whether people can say anything more about God than just that He is the ultimate Source of all. This is also the exact problem which St. Thomas and the medievals treated under the “names of God,” which for St. Thomas involves the analogical structure of all our meaningful language about God. There has been an ongoing argument as to whether language about God can be meaningful at all, and if so how this is justified. There are many intellectual people who deny that the language of God can be meaningful and these include positivists, empiricists, and some types of analytic philosophers. They refuse to even discuss arguments for the existence of God because they believe that all meaningful language about the real world is drawn from a matrix of human experience. Although many are confused, the chapter concludes that it is enough to know that God is supreme on the scale values, and for this reason eminently and uniquely worthy of people's unqualified worship, love, hope, and desire for union with Him.

Keywords:   God, Source of all, St. Thomas Aquinas, human experience, names of God, language of God, worship, love, hope

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