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6. Philosophical and Theological Implications of Religious Language
About this Lecture
In this module, we investigate philosophical and theological implications of religious language, focusing in particular on (i) Aquinas’ analogy and the metaphysics of ontology (ii) the existence of contingent things as analogical (iii) the analogy of being and the metaphysics of participation (iv) the importance of Aquinas’ analogy for understanding the relationship between creatures, creation, and God (v) the metaphysical and ontological significance of the metaphor of divine light.
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.
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 - Philosophical and Theological Implications of Religious Language [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/religious-language-negative-analogical-and-symbolic/philosophical-and-theological-implications-of-religious-language
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