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The Power of Symbol/Word

Bernard Cooke

in Power and the Spirit of God

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195174519
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835119 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195174518.003.0011
 The Power of Symbol/Word

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Because symbols exercise a fundamental and indispensable function in human perception and communication, there has been extensive research into symbolism in modern times. Explores the key role of Immanuel Kant's philosophy. The most pervasive and important symbol system is human language that shapes and expresses thought, feelings and intentions. Words have power to inform, motivate, and direct human activity. Religious and philosophical reflections have long focused on the power of ‘word’. Biblical insight into the creative power of God's word comes to climax in the claim (in John's gospel) that Jesus is the incarnation of the divine Word. Religious symbolism, especially in ritual, has been seen as the context of ionic presence of the divine.

Keywords: iconic; incarnation; Kant; language; symbolism; Word

Chapter.  5393 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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