Scepticism pp 23-40 | Cite as

Does Religious Scepticism Rest on a Mistake?

  • Kai Nielsen
Part of the New Studies in the Philosophy of Religion book series (NSPR)


There are those who will say that the sceptic’s very questions indicate that he has got religion all wrong and that we can, if we have a feel for what religion is all about, only be radically sceptical of such scepticism.


Religious Belief Religious Discourse Empirical Proposition Religious Claim Religious Form 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    See Paul L. Holmer, ‘Wittgenstein and Theology’, in Dallas M. High (ed.), New Essays on Religious Language (New York, Oxford University Press, 1969);Google Scholar
  2. Paul L. Holmer, ‘Atheism and Theism’, Lutheran World, vol. xii (1963); and ‘Metaphysics and Theology: The Foundations of Theology’, The Lutheran Quarterly (1967).Google Scholar
  3. D. Z. Phillips, The Concept of Prayer (London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1965);Google Scholar
  4. D. Z. Phillips, Faith and Philosophical Enquiry (London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1970);Google Scholar
  5. D. Z. Phillips, Death and Immortality (London, Macmillan, 1970); the essays by Phillips in the volume he edited, D. Z. Phillips (ed.), Religion and Understanding (Oxford, Basil Blackwell, 1967)Google Scholar
  6. D. Z. Phillips, ‘Religion and Epistemology: Some Contemporary Confusions’, Australasian Journal of Philosophy (1966); and ‘Religious Belief and Philosophical Enquiry’, Theology, vol. Lxxi, no. 573 (March 1968).Google Scholar
  7. 18.
    Soren Kierkegaard, The Works of Love (New York, Harper & Row, 1962) p. 42.Google Scholar
  8. 21.
    Kai Nielsen, ‘Wittgensteinian Fideism’, Philosophy (July 1967).Google Scholar
  9. 25.
    W. D. Hudson, ‘Some Remarks on Wittgenstein’s Account of Religious Belief’, in Talk of God, Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures vol. 2 (London, Macmillan, 1969) p. 44.Google Scholar
  10. 26.
    Basil Mitchell, ‘The Justification of Religious Belief’, Philosophical Quarterly vol. II (1961), reprinted in High (ed.), New Essays on Religious Language.Google Scholar
  11. 27.
    Robert C. Coburn, ‘A Budget of Theological Puzzles’, Journal of Religion vol XLIII (April 1963) pp. 89–90.Google Scholar

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© Kai Nielsen 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kai Nielsen
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of CalgaryCanada

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