Religion – the framework of beliefs and practices within which spirituality typically takes place – has always been the strongest source of meaning in people’s lives. But the central claims of any and all religions seem absurd when considered scientifically. Since we today rightly cherish science, we find it extremely difficult to believe that religious claims could be true in any sense. We often hear arguments for the social and personal benefits of religion, but credible arguments for the truth of any religion have been sorely lacking. So we’ve turned our backs on religion. As a result, our lives have become spiritually impoverished to an alarming degree, because a purely materialistic approach to life can never satisfy us.
In The Language of Meaning, philosopher of religion Daniel McCoy presents the argument for religious truth that we’ve been hoping to find for centuries. In an accessible yet artful style of writing, The Language of Meaning demonstrates that there is a type of truth that has nothing to do with fact, and which the methods of science are therefore incapable of evaluating. This type of truth – existential truth – is something that each of us has to find for himself or herself, but it can only be adequately expressed in religious language. Science and religion have different purposes and methods, and neither one must – or should – come at the expense of the other. We need both of them, and The Language of Meaning shows us how we can have both.
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