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Coherence And Language

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The witness of the Bible corresponds to the Truth of God, known as personal being. Now the epistemic self-sufficiency of the 'strange new world within the Bible' limits how this correspondence can be established and justified, and so coherence within the Biblical witness - coherence understood as conformity to the person of Jesus Christ - will be the sign and demonstration of that correspondence. Torrance is prone to fall into the trap of assuming that theological language only functions in a propositional manner, and ignoring the mixed economy of theological speech: "the doings of religious language are legion". Religious language does not simply play a scientific role, but an exhortative, emotive and rhetorical (in the Aristotelian sense) one. Torrance offers us no account of the mechanism by which religious language can be constructed in a manner analogous to natural scientific language.

Keywords: correspondence; epistemic coherence; religious language; scientific language; Torrance



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