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To many analytic philosophers of religion - philosophical theists or otherwise - the Wittgensteinian philosophy of religion is nothing more than a platform for the propagation of fideism, or religious non-realism, or even of insidious crypto-atheism. In expounding Wittgenstein's religiously relevant remarks, this book (a) shows that the main positions of Wittgensteinian philosophy of religion strikingly resembles some of the defining positions of apophatic theology; (b) argues that the refusal of Wittgenstein and those following him, like D. Z. Phillips, to engage in some of the usual fare in philosophy of religion, such as proving the existence of God or showing that religious belief is rational, is perfectly understandable from the perspective of apophatic theology; and (c) suggests that if they persist on their aforementioned charges against Wittgensteinian philosophy of religion, then they may as well direct similar charges to the apophatic theology of the Eastern Christian Church, of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Keywords: apophatic theology; Wittgensteinian philosophy of religion



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