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“Symbolism is probably humanity’s most ancient and universal language because its linguistic rules are based on a combination of cognitive processes: generalization and specialization. Abstract principles are grasped from tangible experience, and multiple experiences are seen as instances of a single principle. In this manner, spiritual reality is united with corporeal reality to form symbols…Unlike the English language, the language of symbolism does not attribute meaning arbitrarily. Instead, it follows the basic patterns of knowledge itself. This is very different from our phonetic language, which provides no logical connection between words and the concepts they express.” (Matthieu Pageau)

“The miracle (I do not use the word lightly) of language allows us to contemplate things, objects, and ideas, not immediately present in the physical environment, and then to manipulate them in our heads. It is, therefore, the foundation of our capacity for abstract thinking and reason. Language allows us to render an account to God of our stewardship of His creation.” (Donald Williams)

“…we have lost our sense of soul because we have lost our respect for symbols; our modern mind is trained that symbols are illusion. We say, “It is only your imagination,” not realizing that all the missing parts of ourselves that we long for, the “lost lane into heaven,” are constantly mediated to us in the forgotten language of the soul: the symbols and images that emanate through dream and imagination.” (Robert A. Johnson)

“The perversity of our time is that we insist on using the language of theology (Being, Truth, Goodness, Beauty) while imagining that such terms need no divine referent. As such, we both exalt that which should be relative while diminishing that which should be absolute. That someone might not know God (agnosticism) is a world removed from this question. However, without God, we fail to escape the traps erected by our own minds and transcendence disappears in the mists of the imagination.” (Father Stephen Freeman) 

“… the strategy of returning to the language of transcendence in order to overcome the deracinating and hollowing effects of secularism was a mistake bound to be futile. For, in fact, secularism can accommodate transcendence language. As long as a “feeling” for transcendence does not impinge on the autonomy of a world that has “come of age,” that has left behind Christendom, secularism embraces the idea of transcendence.” (Vigen Guroian)

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