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the language of theology

frank sibley in his paper “aesthetic concepts,” makes the claim that aesthetic terms are fundamentally different than non-aesthetic terms. this means that any aesthetic term cannot be further explained by a non-aesthetic term. in other words there are no necessary and sufficient conditions to define an aesthetic term such as ‘graceful,’ ‘delicate,’ ‘gaudy,’ or even ‘beautiful.’ aesthetic judgments are in a sense metaphors with no truth-functionality, meaning that a particular aesthetic judgment can not be true or false. but sibley does not want to commit to complete subjectivity here, he wants to say that there cann be ‘good’ or ‘bad’ judgments. a fine line.

aesthetic judgments are much like ethical judgments. they are grouped in what are ‘value’ judgments. so here is my question: are theological judgments value judgments?

if the language of theology could be analyzed like the language of aesthetics, many things would change.
we may no longer feel the need to use scientific techniques to prove the validity of scripture or our religion. we may not feel the need to distinguish ourselves from other christians because they interpret a passage of scripture differently than us.

maybe we could actually find beauty in the diversity of christian thought.

here begins my rambling.

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About david b. clark

a husband and father || a student of philosophy, theology, history, literature, music, art, computer science

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