ERIC Number: ED162365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Metaphysical Communication among Denominations: The Language Component.
Benjamin, Robert L.
Natural language does not lend itself well to discussing metaphysical concepts. It has certain expectations based on internalized rules of sense, reference, and predication that make it difficult if not impossible for laypeople or even ecclesiastical authorities to discuss God and theological concepts with others. Though metaphysics has survived centuries of selfish materialism and is available even now to all who seek it, its message is diffused, not enhanced, by modern language. The metaphysical message leaps the chasms of our kaleidoscopic system and reaches the listener in spite of language, not because of it. A metalanguage to permit discussion and clarity of metaphysical concepts is needed. Such a language need not involve a gigantic vocabulary, but a new syntax is crucial. This would permit us to discuss a subject matter that lies at the root of being and allow us to share the flash of insight that sometimes fills our being. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Metalanguages; Metaphysics
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the International Colloquium on Verbal Communication (6th, Berndorf, Austria, June 1978)