Words: Religious Language Matters

E. van den Hemel (Editor), Asja Szafraniec (Editor)

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It is said that words are like people: One can encounter them daily yet never come to know their true selves. This volume examines what words are how they exist in religious phenomena. Going beyond the common idea that language merely describes states of mind, beliefs, and intentions, the book looks at words in their performative and material specificity. The contributions in the volume develop the insight that our implicit assumptions about what language does guide the way we understand and experience religious phenomena. They also explore the possibility that insights about the particular status of religious utterances may in turn influence the way we think about words in our language.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherFordham University Press
Number of pages595
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-8232-5559-7
ISBN (Print)9780823255566
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2016


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