and an Ambiguous Way of Knowing: A Comparative Theological Study of Cyril of Alexandria and NÄgÄrjuna Wanjoong Kim George Lindbeckâs postliberal approach has inspired many theologians to focus on the language use embedded in doctrines and understand the ânature of doctrinesâ as a regulatory system of prescribing our language use.1 Its advantage is apparent in focusing more on the second-order propositions while avoiding difficulties involved in making the first-order propositions.2 But this linguistic approach does not examine the nature of language with reference to its âorder.â In ordinary language use, reality is described according to binary order, such as the principle of noncontradiction. For example, if it is true to say that Socrates is a man, then it is false to say that Socrates is not a man. But many cases of religious language use surpass this order and become ambiguous by assuming a form of paradox, particularly in the face of mystery, as Gordon Kaufman has observed.3 This paper will analyze the nature of language to understand its semantic mechanism that makes such an ambiguous use of language possible when describing a given reality. The main argument in this paper will be drawn upon a comparative theological
Buddhist-Christian Studies – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Oct 28, 2017
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