Paul Tillich- Symbols overview

  • Created by: _bella_
  • Created on: 29-05-19 10:20
View mindmap
  • Paul Tillich- Symbols
    • 4 main functions for symbols
      • 3) They open up levels of reality that otherwise are closed to us
      • 2) They participate in that to which they point
      • They open up levels and dimensions of the soul that correspond to those levels of reality
      • 1) they point to something beyond themselves (i.e. God)
    • Strengths
      • Symbolic language has deep + profound meaning that can only be explained in a limited way
      • Rel. language is symbolic + points towards there being a God, it conveys fundamental truths
      • Example of the flag as a symbol as it "participates in the power of the king or the nation for which it stands and symbolises"
    • Criticisms
      • Symbols change overtime- hindu sign for peace was adopted by Nazi's
      • We can't try to understand God fully as he is transcendant
      • Paul Edwards- symbols do not convey factual knowledge, thus they are meaningless
      • The truth symbols direct us to cannot be verified or falsified as they are subjective + created by humans
      • Technically one needs to be involved in the language game to understand the meaning of symbols in religion, if you aren't they become harder to understand


No comments have yet been made

Similar Religious Studies resources:

See all Religious Studies resources »See all Philosophy resources »