God en moraal, ontdekking of uitvinding? Kritische analyse van Gerrit Manenschijns fundering van de morele en geloofswerkelijkheid | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 62, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268


In his book , Gerrit Manenschijn claims that God exists in language. Religious language consists of metaphors and has a performative rather than a descriptive nature. Since religious reality is an invention rather than a discovery we cannot make truth-claims about God and other religious entities. Although Manenschijn claims that moral reality takes shape in the same way, there is a difference on the level of their foundations: religious reality rests on existential questions, whereas moral reality rests on moral sentiments. This enables morality to make truth-claims. When altered in such a way that his view on the foundation of moral reality matches the foundation of religious reality, Manenschijn’s theory not only becomes coherent but also provides us with a persuasive theory of Christian theology and morality which is in accordance with influential contemporary views on language and epistemology.


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