LANGUAGE AND FAITH by John Hutchinson


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The author seeks to bring together the existentialist understanding of religious ideas as symbolic statements of the meaning of human existence and the semantic analyst's view of religious language as having its distinctive rules and goals. His thesis is that ""religious language,---faith language, may be characterized as symbolic of expressive language used for the purpose of total life orientation"". The scope of discussion includes: Signals, Signs, and Symbols; Languages and Their Uses: Images and Imagination; Religion as Life Orientation; Varieties of Cognitive Experience; Science as Language; Art as Language; Philosophy as Language; Religious and Theological Statements: Root Images and The World's Faiths; and Images of Biblical Faith. The author sees these chapters as preparatory to a second volume which will apply his thesis concerning religious language in detail to the religions of the world. He regards the question of the use and meaning of religious language as crucial for our time, and his discussion is marked by a spirit of committed and urgent inquiry. The book can be helpful to readers beyond the academic circles in which these subjects are customarily discussed.

Pub Date: Sept. 16th, 1963
Publisher: Westminster