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By James F. Harris

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Belief in induction is one such belief. Belief in necessary connection is another. Such natural beliefs might certainly be theoretically open to falsification for Hume. We cannot properly claim to know natural beliefs either a priori or a posteriori, but this does not mean that evidence or reason are irrelevant to such beliefs. It is simply that the evidence never reaches the level where such beliefs are justified by the evidence. , p. 101. , pp. 100-101. , p. 103. 22 23 38 ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION world where the regUlarity and causal connections in this world were lacking, our natural beliefs may well change.

Whereas the strictly empirical language of the logical positivists with its verification criterion of meaning and its strict ontology of empirical facts left no room for meaningful claims about the existence of God, Wittgenstein's introduction of language-games appears to leave open both questions of meaning and ontology. According to the later Wittgenstein, we must first examine the particular language-game within which questions about the meaning of a particular claim or the existence of a particular object are raised and then address the questions within that language-game.

Unity,' 'simplicity,' and 'perfection' are qualifiers that serve a similar purpose. " When we add the condition of a total commitment, we have what Ramsey regards as a religious situation. ,,3! The objective reference is thus given in the moment of discernment, and we then invoke the use of models and qualifiers in order to try and construct ways of talking about the objective reference of our experience. RELIGIOUS LANGUAGE AND RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES The models are supposed to anchor religious language empirically to allow us to talk meaningfully about the "objective reference" of our discernment experience, but how are we to select the appropriate models and qualifiers to capture the special features of the religious situation?

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