The Truth of Broken Symbols (Suny Series in Religious Studies)

The Truth of Broken Symbols (Suny Series in Religious Studies)

by Robert Cummings Neville
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791427420

ISBN-13: 9780791427422

Pub. Date: 11/01/1995

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book provides a cross-cultural analysis of how religious symbols function from a theological and philosophical perspective.

This book provides a cross-cultural analysis of how religious symbols function from a theological and philosophical perspective. Showing how religious symbols can be true in various qualified senses, Neville presents a theory of

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This book provides a cross-cultural analysis of how religious symbols function from a theological and philosophical perspective.

This book provides a cross-cultural analysis of how religious symbols function from a theological and philosophical perspective. Showing how religious symbols can be true in various qualified senses, Neville presents a theory of religious symbolism in the American pragmatic tradition extending and elaborating Tillich’s claim that religious symbols participate in the divine realities to which they refer and yet must be broken in order not to be idolatrous or demonic. The Truth of Broken Symbols offers a theory of religious symbolism treating reference, meaning, and interpretation, and discussing different functions of religious symbols in theological, practical, and devotional contexts. It shows that religious symbols are to be properly understood as true or false and that symbol-systems such as myths, theologies, or liturgical symbols are to be used to engage divine realities while internally exhibiting semiotic structures of reference, meaning, and interpretation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791427422
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Series:
Suny Series in Religious Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.86(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface

1. What Religious Symbols Do

1.1. Symbols in Religion
1.2. Symbols and Salvation
1.3. Symbols and Community
1.4. Symbols and Representation

2. Symbols Break on the Infinite

2.1. Reference, Meaning, and Interpretation
2.2. Imagination as Religious
2.3. Imagination as Engagement
2.4. Religious Symbolic Reference

3. Finite Meaning Infinite

3.1. A Complex Meaning: The Eucharist
3.2. The Structure of Symbols
3.3. Network Meaning and Content Meaning
3.4. Meaning the Infinite

4. Taking Symbols in Context

4.1. Interpretation and Intentional Contexts
4.2. Theology
4.3. Cultic Life
4.4. Public Life, Ordinary Life, and Extraordinary Life

5. Symbols for Transformation

5.1. Devotional Life as Transformation
5.2. Devotional Systems
5.3. Creating a Transformative World
5.4. Representation and Fiction in Devotional Symbols

6. Judging Religious Symbols by Consequences

6.1. From Interpretation to Consequences: Divine Child Abuse?
6.2. Religion Among the Dimensions of Life
6.3. Religion Judged by Other Dimensions
6.4. The Truth and Relativity of Religious Hermeneutics

7. Truth in Religious Symbols

7.1. Truth in Religious Practice
7.2. Truth in Religious Devotion
7.3. Truth in Theology
7.4. Truth in Religion: Broken Symbols

Bibliography

Index

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