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Wittgenstein On The (Supposed) Evidence For God's Existence

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This chapter shows that miracles can only be seen through, as it were, a religious lens, which means that a phenomenon is a miracle to someone who wears that lens and not to someone who wears another kind of lens. It examines that the status of extra-ordinary religious experience (ERE) is exactly like that of miracles, that is, that an experience can be said to be "religious" only if seen through a religious lens, and from another lens is something else. It also shows that the argument for the existence of God using the perceived orderliness of the universe, while often presented in scientific-like form of argumentation, goes only so far as to serve a psychological need, and does not pass the standard of a scientific proof. The chapter concludes that religious evidence is created by the very faith that it is supposed to serve as evidence for.

Keywords: extra-ordinary religious experience (ERE); God; religious evidence



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