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A critique of religious fictionalism

  • BENJAMIN S. CORDRY (a1)
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Andrew Eshleman has argued that atheists can believe in God by being fully engaged members of religious communities and using religious discourse in a non-realist way. He calls this position ‘fictionalism’ because the atheist takes up religion as a useful fiction. In this paper I critique fictionalism along two lines: that it is problematic to successfully be a fictionalist and that fictionalism is unjustified. Reflection on fictionalism will point to some wider problems with religious anti-realism.

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e-mail: bcordry@lorainccc.edu
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Andrew Eshleman Can an atheist believe in God?’, Religious Studies, 41 (2005), 183199.

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Religious Studies
  • ISSN: 0034-4125
  • EISSN: 1469-901X
  • URL: /core/journals/religious-studies
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