Language and the Orientation to Dialogue

Daniel K. Finn

in The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199858354
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949472 | DOI:
Language and the Orientation to Dialogue

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The close relation between faith and reason is fundamental to the Catholic view of the universe: since everything has been created by God, insights of reason into how things work cannot ultimately be at odds with the insights provided by faith and divine revelation. Pope Benedict’s intimate interweaving of charity and truth—Caritas in veritate—stands as a testimony to the conviction that what we can express in language can serve the ineffable mysteries known only by faith. This means, however, that our use of language should be as careful and our dialogue as effective as we can make them. This chapter presents the following essays: The Need for Accessible Language by John A. Coleman, The Ambiguities of Accessible Language by Mary L. Hirschfeld, Tensions Between Proclamation and Dialogue by Luk Bouckaert, and Dialogue in Light of the Signs of the Times by Johan Verstraeten.

Keywords: Caritas in veritate; Pope Benedict XVI; accessible language; faith

Chapter.  3696 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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