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This essay is conceived as a serious exposition of the crucial matters that determine within the ongoing dialog among Logical Positivists and neo­ Positivists at the one hand and Christian apologists at the different. My expository goal is to isolate and to explain the most concerns that experience emer­ ged within the prolonged dialogue among males of Positivistic flip of brain and males sympathetic to the claims of Christianity. My severe goal is to pick ordinary, influential stands which have been taken on every one of those matters, to evaluate their viability, and to isolate definite dilemmas which dialogue of those concerns has generated. i'm confident that the now ordinarily rejected verifiability thought of that means is especially more often than not misunderstood and has been rejected commonly for the incorrect purposes. ahead of it truly is forged off-if it really is to be forged off-what is required is a reconsideration of that thought and of the objections that its a number of formulations have elicited. additionally, a minimum of partly as a result of a misconstruing of the verifiability doctrine, there were a few interesting-though for my part unsuccessful-claims complex in regards to the testability-status of sentences expressive of Christian trust. furthermore, of their haste to vindicate Christianity, a few apologists were quite cavalier, for my part, approximately what "Christianity" contains. This quantity bargains what i'm hoping may be a transparent assertion and research of the main issues at factor among Positivism and Christianity, including my very own evaluate of the place the argument stands now.

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17 Ibid. 28 ST A TEMENT OF THE ISSUES Essays in Philosophical Theology,b8 exemplify the erosion-argument mentioned above. His remarks will be examined in some detail. b) Antony Flew's restatement of the attack A prefatory word or two about the mood of the Positivists would be in order at this point. First, Positivists are remembered, in part, for their militancy, perhaps in large part because of the youthful vigor of one of their early popularizers, A. J. Ayer, notably in his Language, Truth, and Logic.

There are certain slight hints available in the context as to what is being asserted, or the sort of thing that might be hereby asserted. There is the strong suspicion that a disopholus is spatially discrete, an entity that mingles with empirical things; it is small enough to be in the cupboard, for example. That's a clue. Only one disopholus is said to be in the cupboard, but perhaps there might be more, either there or somewhere else-else the sentence would have required the definite article, not the indefinite one.

III Carnap, "The Elimination of Metaphysics," pp. 65-66. , p. 67. II Ibid. 61 Ronald Hepburn, "Demythologizing and the Problem of Validity," New Essays in Philosophica/ The%gy, ed. by Antony Flew and Alasdair MacIntyre (London: SCM Press, 1955), p. 238. 17 Ibid. 28 ST A TEMENT OF THE ISSUES Essays in Philosophical Theology,b8 exemplify the erosion-argument mentioned above. His remarks will be examined in some detail. b) Antony Flew's restatement of the attack A prefatory word or two about the mood of the Positivists would be in order at this point.

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