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SYMBOLISM AND THE CHRISTIAN IMAGINATION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Kerygmatic imagery is the subject of this erudite discussion of the significance of signs and symbols meant to convey understanding of religion -- a field which effects all Christians. In this form, however, much of the author's message will escape all but serious students. Father Musurillo has indeed made a contribution to a clarification of the imagery to be found in the Gospels and in St. Paul as he traces the origins and development of various signs and symbols in the framework of their historical context. It is also truly an achievement as a survey showing how Christian artists and writers -- ancient and recent -- their creativity from a variety of sources, so different and opposite, yet developed and grew strong in representing ""the truth which is the Lord's"". This clarification of how to resolve the dilemma posed by the problem of imagination and the process of Christian communication is a service which will become a source and inspiration for modern day artists and writers as well as all who would delve into the presumed -- or unknown by most -- meanings of what they see and read in today religious literature.

Pub Date: June 28th, 1962
Publisher: Helicon