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Isobel Wilson

Advantages of symbolism
o Can be used in other things such as art, architecture and body language
Body language ­ kneeling for prayer, prostrate themselves, bow their heads
or remind themselves of their position in relation to God
Paul Tillich `symbols open up new levels of reality'.

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Isobel Wilson

Strengths of analogy
Challenges the verification principle by explaining the complexity of religious
Avoids anthropomorphizing God because words are not meant to be taken
Helps to explain difficult concepts, such as God's agapeic love

Weaknesses of analogy
Aquinas based his work upon a number of assumptions…

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Isobel Wilson

· Rules cannot be adapted.
· Challenges are too easily rejected.


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