A Liturgy of Return: Symbol as Life-Giving in Literature and Theology

Philosophy and Theology 19 (1/2):331-345 (2007)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Given the cultural dominance of the empirical sciences, it is perhaps inevitable that theology should seek a self-understanding that emulates them. Yet post-modern thinkers concur in rejecting Enlightenment canons of knowledge as too restrictive for any discipline seeking to fathom our own humanity, a pursuit that theology shares with literature. In both fields, language, as an engagement with symbols, is not the pursuit of an object of knowledge so much as an act ofself expression and an opening to communion. This is illustrated by an examination of the life and work of Virginia Woolf, as she is revivified in Michael Cunningham’s novel, The Hours. Its explication is drawn from the writing of the German Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner, who insisted that St. Thomas Aquinas viewed all of reality as essentially self expressive, and the human person as that spot in creation, ordered toward all that is and achieving self-constitutionthrough symbolic intercourse with others



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,168

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Liturgy And Ethics: Some New Beginnings.D. E. Sliers - 1979 - Journal of Religious Ethics 14 (2):173-189.
Liturgy as theological Norm getting acquainted with 'liturgical theology'.Joris Geldhof - 2010 - Neue Zeitschrift für Systematicsche Theologie Und Religionsphilosophie 52 (2):155-176.
Liturgy and Ethics.Paul Ramsey - 1979 - Journal of Religious Ethics 7 (2):139-171.
Conversion Through the Liturgy.Robert Christie - 2006 - Newman Studies Journal 3 (2):49-59.
Beyond the Formal Principle: A Reply to Ramsey and Saliers.Margaret A. Farley - 1979 - Journal of Religious Ethics 7 (2):191 - 202.
Theology in Search of Foundations.Randal Rauser - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
The Forge of Language.Terrance W. Klein - 2003 - Philosophy and Theology 15 (1):143-163.


Added to PP

15 (#699,827)

6 months
1 (#448,551)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references