Sybols and the nature of God

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Symbols are the best way to discuss ideas about the
nature of God. Discuss [35]
1) Describe religious language ­ DEFINE IT
Religious language is the study of how we
express ideas and beliefs about God. It is
different from ordinary language as it seeks to
describe metaphysical concepts which we have
no sense experience of.
2) Symbols are a form of religious language ­
includes pictures; words; ritual; clothing; and
concepts
3) Paul Tillich ­ symbols
Best way to describe God
Symbols are different from signs as they are more than
just words and pictures, but also include concepts and
ritual.
For Tillich, GOD = GROUND OF BEING

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This means that God is the cause and meaning behind
everything.
Symbols allow you to participate in the event.
For example ­ the act of Eucharist allows you to
participate in the last supper and the forming of the
second covenant between man and God ­ this is
especially relevant for Catholics, in that they believe in
transubstantiation ­ in that the wine and bread is
ACTUALLLY the BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST, not just
representative of it, as Anglicans do.…read more

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Cubism.
However, to a Spanish individual who experience
Franco's regime, this painting is evocative of the pain
and suffering of that period in Spanish history.…read more

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