Essays on the trinity and the incarnation
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"Heinrich Bullinger, the Apocalypse and the English," in H. D. Rack ed., The Swiss Connection: Manchester Essays on Religious Connections between England and Switzerland between the 16th and 20th centuries (Department of Religions and Theology, University of Manchester, 1995) 9-54. (French translation 1999: see below.)
Essay / Theology Theses on the Revelation of the Trinity
The first reason is that atheism was the predominant opinion amongEnglish language philosophers throughout much of that century. Asecond, quite related reason is that philosophers in the twentiethcentury regarded theological language as either meaningless, or, atbest, subject to scrutiny only insofar as that language had a bearingon religious practice. The former belief (i.e., that theologicallanguage was meaningless) was inspired by a tenet of logicalpositivism, according to which any statement that lacks empiricalcontent is meaningless. Since much theological language, for example,language describing the doctrine of the Trinity, lacks empiricalcontent, such language must be meaningless. The latter belief,inspired by Wittgenstein, holds that language itself only has meaningin specific practical contexts, and thus that religious language wasnot aiming to express truths about the world which could be subjectedto objective philosophical scrutiny.