The Truth of Broken Symbols
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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What Religious Symbols Do
12 SYMBOLS AND SALVATION
13 SYMBOLS AND COMMUNITY
14 SYMBOLS AND REPRESENTATION
Symbols Break on the Infinite
22 IMAGINATION AS RELIGIOUS
23 IMAGINATION AS ENGAGEMENT
24 RELIGIOUS SYMBOLIC REFERENCE
51 DEVOTIONAL LIFE AS TRANSFORMATION
52 DEVOTIONAL SYMBOLS
53 CREATING A TRANSFORMATIVE WORLD
54 REPRESENTATION AND FICTION IN DEVOTIONAL SYMBOLS
Judging Religious Symbols by Consequences
62 RELIGION AMONG THE DIMENSIONS OF LIFE
63 RELIGION JUDGED BY OTHER DIMENSIONS
64 THE TRUTH AND RELATIVITY OF RELIGIOUS HERMENEUTICS
Finite Meaning Infinite
32 THE STRUCTURE OF SYMBOLS
33 NETWORK MEANING AND CONTENT MEANING
34 MEANING THE INFINITE
Taking Symbols in Context
43 CULTIC LIFE
44 PUBLIC LIFE ORDINARY LIFE AND EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
Symbols for Transformation
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