Faiths in Their Pronouns: Websites of Identity (Paperback)Kenneth Cragg (author)
Paperback 246 Pages / Published: 01/09/2002
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The pronoun is the very mother tongue of thought. Family and race, nation and society, the clamant us and ours of collectives, resolve into I and singular You, the transacting pronouns of all human discourse. Pro-nouns are well styled, for they function on behalf of rights, claims, dignities and demands. Acquisitive and discursive, they transact the business of existence. It follows that pronouns are the essence of religion: their usages dictate the liability of religious faith. Their handling is a sure clue to the idiom of creed or ritual. If the web is society, then the speaking faiths of pronouns I, we, us, ours, they, thou, you, them come into their own in our keyboard encounters. Extending the metaphor, the net allows pronouns to intercept meaning, and to substitute for lack of clarity in argument and understanding. Insofar as religions as grammars provides a proper analogy, Faiths in Their Pronouns aims to explore their pronounal internet in hope of wiser courtesy and surer mutual discovery, a hope that is well captured in the face and hands of Raphaels etching.
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Number of pages: 246
Weight: 379 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 23 mm
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