Unverifiability of Religious Claims
Over the last several decades, philosophers have grappled with religious claims focusing in particular on the questions of: (1) whether such claims can be proven true or false; and (2) even if they cannot be proven true or false, whether they are, nonetheless, reasonable? This paper examines these philosophical views.
Verifiability and Reasonableness of Religious Claims
Many contemporary philosophers agree that neither empirical investigation nor deductive reasoning can, with certainty, verify or disprove religious claims such as the claim that God exists (see: Ayer, 1956; Dewey, 1966). In other words, in so far as a religious claim—such as God exists—is intended to be making an empirical claim, most philosophers would not expect the truth..