The Linguistic Christ: Understanding Christ as the Logos of Language, the Metaphysical Etymology of Heideggerian Linguistics

Author: Williams, Duane
Year:2011
Pages:508
ISBN:0-7734-1567-X
978-0-7734-1567-6
Price:299.95
This study begins by drawing attention to assumptions that are made about language,
which it seeks to question. Whilst continuing the line of Christian tradition that marries Jewish religion with Greek philosophy, this study also aims to reinterpret that tradition in the light of more recent thought on the Logos that comes from Martin Heidegger.

Reviews

“His book presents an existential challenge to dogma, whether religious or secular; one which challenges established ideas of language, mind and sense, and, in so doing, suggests a radically new paradigm for humanity's understanding of its own potential.”-Prof. Mary Anne Perkins

“To sum up such a complex work as this is not easy, but [the author’s]deep affinity with Platonic epistemology together with his poetic and symbolic orientation, enables him to write with a unique blend of detailed scholarship and clarity of understanding…” -Prof. Dr Angela Voss, University of Exeter

"This is indeed a bold step, at least for our times. Yet once we begin to see how Williams draws together the different strands of his argument from etymology, philosophy, poetics and biblical exegesis, a clear and distinct unity of perception and understanding emerges… It demonstrates what can be done when an insight becomes sharply focused on and fully elucidated with scholarly rigor.”-Prof. Joseph Milne, University of Kent

Table of Contents

Foreword: Dr Mary Anne Perkins

Acknowledgements

Explanatory Notes on the Text

Author's Preface

INTRODUCTION
Stimulus
Theme
Method
Structure
Context
Bearings
Argument

CHAPTER 1 - PROTHESIS (PLACE BEFORE) GOD: CAUSA EFFICIENS
1.1. God Preceding Word
1.2. Before the Before
1.3. The Agentive Effecter
1.4. Essentially Mysterious Beingless Being

CHAPTER 2 - HYPERTHESIS (PLACE ABOVE) FATHER: CAUSA FORMALIS
2.1. The Determined Mover
2.2. Intelligential Will
2.3. The Personal I Am
2.4. The Food of the Father
2.5. The Logos Spermatikos

CHAPTER 3 - HYPOTHESIS (PLACE UNDER) MOTHER: CAUSA MATERIALIS
3.1. Earth Without Form, and Void
3.2. The Agglomerative Mass of Meaninglessness
3.3. The Womb, Uterus, or Belly
3.4. The Formless Former
3.5. The Fundamental Opposition

CHAPTER 4 - ENTHESIS (PLACE IN) ADAM: CAUSA RATIONALIS
4.1. Two Men in Paradise
4.2. The Birds Divided He Not
4.3. The Logos Endiathetos
4.4. The Only-Begotten Son
4.5. Conception and Gestation

CHAPTER 5 - MESOTHESIS (PLACE MIDDLE) EVE: CAUSA SENSIBILIS
5.1. The Dust of the Ground
5.2. The Passive Instruments of Sense
5.3. The Passive Passages of Sense
5.4. That Was The Name Thereof
5.5. A Help Meet For Him

CHAPTER 6 - ECTHESIS (PLACE OUT) LUCIFER: CAUSA LINGUALIS.
6.1. The Expression of Mind
6.2. The Serpent as Language
6.3. The Light Bearer
6.4. The Logos Prophorikos
6.5. The Showing of Saying as Owning
6.6. The Transition to Existence
6.7. The Incarnation

CHAPTER 7 - DIATHESIS (PLACE APART) SATAN: CAUSA IRRATIONALIS
7.1. The Move to Reflection
7.2. The Ontological Difference
7.3. Knowledge Based on Perception
7.4. Idols Divorced From Ideas
7.5. The State of Estrangement
7.6. The Arrogance of Man

CHAPTER 8 - ANTITHESIS (PLACE AGAINST) JESUS: CAUSA ADORATIONALIS
8.1. Death in Life
8.2. Presence in Absence
8.3. Life in Death
8.4. The Trinitarian Dialectic
8.5. The Ontological Reference

CHAPTER 9 - SYNTHESIS (PLACE TOGETHER) CHRIST: CAUSA CONGREGATIONAUS
9.1. Knowing Knowing Knowing
9.2. Language Speaks
9.3. The Veil Rent in Twain
9.4. Raised a Spiritual Body
9.5. Gathering Fruit Unto Life Eternal
9.6. The Second Adam

CHAPTER 10 - METATHESIS (PLACE AFTER) GOD: CAUSA FINALIS
10.1. Ideal-Realism
10.2. Jesus the Christ
10.3. The Second Coming
10.4. The End of the World
10.5. God All in All

CONCLUSIONS
On Interpretation Reinterpreted
Logos as Language
The Two Great Theoretical Problems

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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