Scepticism pp 89-102 | Cite as

Rondo with Concluding Variations

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


This essay has been an articulation and a defence of scepticism. The core of it has been devoted to showing that non-anthropomorphic conceptions of God do not make sense, that we have no sound grounds for believing that the central truth-claims of Christianity are genuine truth-claims and that we have no sound grounds for believing that there is a religiously viable concept of God which is sufficiently intelligible to make Jewish, Christian or Islamic belief justifiable or even acceptable de fide. In fact, the evidence we do have justifies the claim that such God-talk and such putative beliefs are incoherent.


Religious Belief Sceptical Argument Religious Discourse Moral Orientation Sound Ground 
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Notes and References

  1. 8.
    E. L. Mascall, The Openness of Being (London, Darton, Longman & Todd, 1971) p. 63.Google Scholar
  2. 9.
    Tziporah Kasachkoff, ‘Talk About God’s Existence’, Philosophical Studies (The National University of Ireland) vol. xix (1970) pp. 181–92.Google Scholar
  3. 12.
    Rush Rhees, Without Answers (London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1969) p. 114.Google Scholar
  4. 16.
    Alasdair Maclntyre, Against the Self-Images of the Age (London, Gerald Duckworth & Company, Ltd., 1971) pp. 12–26. See also my ‘Religion and Commitment’, Robert H. Ayers and William T. Blackstone (eds.), Religious Language and Knowledge (Athens, Georgia, University of Georgia Press, 1972) pp. 18–43.Google Scholar
  5. 19.
    See here Alasdair Maclntyre, Marxism and Christianity (London, Gerald Duckworth and Company, Ltd., 1969) Chapter One and Secularization and Moral Change (London, Oxford University Press, 1967).Google Scholar
  6. 23.
    D. Z. Phillips, ‘Review of The Religious Significance of Atheism’, The Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 21, no. 82 (January 1971) p. 93.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Kai Nielsen 1973

Authors and Affiliations

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

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