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Religious Language – Negative, Analogical and Symbolic

5. Paul Tillich on Symbol

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Lecture

In this module, we explore Paul Tillich on symbol, focusing in particular on (i) Tillich’s first sense of theological language as consisting in arbitrary signs (ii) Tillich’s second sense of theological language as symbols of participation (iii) the application of Tillich’s sign and symbol in ordinary language use (iv) creation as a symbol of the divine.

Course

In this course, Professor Simon Oliver (University of Durham) explores negative, positive, analogical and symbolic religious language. In the first module, we consider the problem of talking about an infinite God as finite creatures. In the second module, we examine the apophatic tradition, and how negative language can provide a sense of transcendent divine attributes. In the third module, we look at the cataphatic tradition and its relationship with the apophatic. In the fourth module, we explore Aquinas’ analogy as a way of talking about God, before moving on to look at Paul Tillich on sign and symbol in the fifth module. In the sixth module, we examine further theological and philosophical implications of religious language, paying special attention to the metaphysics of ontology.

Lecturer

Professor Simon Oliver is a lecturer of Theology and Religion at Durham University. His research interests are in Christian theology and metaphysics, in particular the doctrine of creation. His published works include Creation: A Guide for the Perplexed (2017) and Philosophy, God and Motion (2005)

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Oliver, S. (2022, June 15). Religious Language – Negative, Analogical and Symbolic - Paul Tillich on Symbol [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/religious-language-negative-analogical-and-symbolic/paul-tillich-on-symbol

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Oliver, S. "Religious Language – Negative, Analogical and Symbolic – Paul Tillich on Symbol." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Jun 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/religious-language-negative-analogical-and-symbolic/paul-tillich-on-symbol

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