Religious statements, such as those which Buddhism provides in abundance, may be examined critically by the linguistic philosopher, and he may or may not judge them to have intelligible meaning. But Buddhists would hold that this kind of procedure is in itself incomplete and misleading. It is a strange fact that the welter of words in Buddhism is a testimony to the ultimate inadequacy of words. The apparently never-ending flow of discourse and exhortation, precept and illustration, story and legend which make up the Buddhist scriptures arises in large measure out of the recognition that words by themselves have only a limited capacity to convey religious truth and stir and maintain religious faith.
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