Saturday, August 23, 2008

Symbolism and Christian Ontology

This is James Jordan at his best (Sociology of the Church, p. 283):
The Sociology of the Church[W]e have to bear in mind that man was created as the particular symbol of God (Gen. 1:26, 27), and the universe is the general symbol of God (since all creation reveals - symbolizes - its Creator). Thus, the foundational level of all human intellectual apprehension is symbolic. The true meaning of any thing or event can be found only when it is seen as revealing (signifying or symbolizing) God and His relations to man and the cosmos. This Biblical creationist perspective inverts the normal (sinful) way of thinking, which assumes that things and events have meaning in themselves, and that any symbolic dimension (which may or may not be present) is added to the fundamental non-symbolic and self-contained meaning of things and events. [source]