Religious Studies

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A critique of religious fictionalism

BENJAMIN S. CORDRYa1 c1

a1 Arts and Humanities Division, SC 237, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH 44035

Abstract

Andrew Eshleman has argued that atheists can believe in God by being fully engaged members of religious communities and using religious discourse in a non-realist way. He calls this position ‘fictionalism’ because the atheist takes up religion as a useful fiction. In this paper I critique fictionalism along two lines: that it is problematic to successfully be a fictionalist and that fictionalism is unjustified. Reflection on fictionalism will point to some wider problems with religious anti-realism.

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c1 e-mail: bcordry@lorainccc.edu