Saturday, 12 March 2011

Introduction to religious language

Below is my video tutorial on an introduction to religious language.


Introduction into religious Language
What is religious Language?
Religious Language: Specialist religious vocabulary as well as religious, moral and ethical claims.
What are the uses and purposes of religious language?
Religious Language has three functions.
  1. Expressively: They are used to express feelings and emotions. Peter Donovan argues that religion encourages to discipline their emotions in the right direction e.g. forgive wrong-doers. 
  2. Performatively: To perform an event e.g. a wedding.
  3. Prescriptively: To encourage or prevent people from acting in a certain way.
Difficulties with religious language
  1. It is subjective
  2. Difficult to describe something so out of this world and immaterial.
  3. Is humanizing an effective mechanism of describing something immaterial.
  4. Language is sometimes used univocally. (This means the words used to describe God mean exactly the same as when words are used to describe humans). However, is it fair to say that when we call God faithful we mean the same as when we call a dog faithful?
  5. If on the other hand we use words equivocally - this means that a word used to describe God does not mean the same as if it was used to describe a human. However, then can we ever know the meaning of a word?
  6. The last problem which this whole unit is about is the meaningless/meaningfulness of religious statements. Religious believers claim that religious language is cognitive i.e. it can be verified or falsified but other philosopher dismiss religion on the basis that it is non-cognitive i.e. you cannot verify or falsify it.


  1. Hi Komilla,
    I was soo shocked when I saw you on YouTube - I haven't seen you for 2 years!?! Just wanted to say your videos and notes have really helped my philosophy revision - fingers crossed I can write what you've said in the exam lol...Take care and I wish you all the best with your exams, Azmeena x

  2. Wow Azmeena it really has been a long tim! Awww thank you :) I hope it all goes well for you and I sure you will do well I remember as a very hard working individual! You still in Claremont? Did you have ethics exam today too? xx

  3. Yeah, I'm still at Claremont - we've got study leave so I've been revising using your videos lol No, I'm not doing ethics but I have the Edexcel Unit 3: Developments paper on 13th June and Unit 4: Implications paper on 15th June, by the way how do you manage to get the time to do your coursework, revise and make these videos? xx

  4. Lol I only had coursework last year for english language - I do edexcel economics there is no coursework just a 2 hour exam on the 23rd of june which is basically just essays so yeh! Well good luck for all your exams!

    Oh right I though you were still at claremont :) !

    Thanks for all your support!

  5. heyyy..

    komillaaa am sooo stressed out...My RS exams are on the 13th of june and ive only done virtue ethics so far. I need u think i can revise all topics both Philosophy and Ethics in 2 weeks... please can u reply asap thank u soo much ...btw ur blog is amazing :) xxxxx

  6. Hey N-1231, I think I got your email but have been out so didn't get a chance to reply - sorry!
    Yes I think you can go to the ocr website print out the specification and make sure you learn all of the bullet points before the exam - plan it out how many bullet points per day you will do.

    Best of Luck! xxx

  7. Thank u soooo much komilla ...i really appreciate it alot. am gonna do that tommorrow as ive been revising all day today lol now i need a thank u soo much and please keep up the good work cause ur amazing :) xxxx

  8. Soz, I replied late Komilla..Wish you all the best with everything you do and Good luck with your economics paper! Yeah I still go to claremont lol :D x