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SYMBOLISM AND BELIEF by EDWYN BEVAN London GEORGE ALLEN UNWIN LTD Museum Street TO MY FRIEND ALFRED EDWARD TAYLOR without whose prompting and encouragement these lectures would never have been written PREFACE JL HE lectures contained in this volume were given for the University of Edinburgh on Lord Giffords founda tion In the years 1933 and 1934. I have delayed their publi ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by McIntosh Press (first published 1962)
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Bruce
I learned of this book, based on Bevyn's Gifford lectures in 1933-34, from C.S. Lewis, who cites it as an influence on his thought. Bevan discusses the major symbols and metaphors of religion, e.g., height, time, light and spirit, and demonstrates why figurative language is necessary to religious discourse, while less poetic, more precise philosophical terminology is actually further removed from the truth.

The latter part of the book gradually develops into a defense of the view that the Ground
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