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Power and the Spirit of GodToward an Experience-Based Pneumatology$
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Bernard Cooke

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174519

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195174518.001.0001

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The Power of Symbol/Word

The Power of Symbol/Word

(p.123) 10 The Power of Symbol/Word
Power and the Spirit of God

Bernard Cooke

Oxford University Press

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

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