Christian Themes

(Literary Essentials: Christian Fiction and Nonfiction)

Philosophically, one attempts to show the path to approach reality by way of truth. One seeks to grasp being, which is everywhere, but which is nowhere really apparent. Reality, which supports all, is experienced in religion as certainty, as authoritatively warranted, as something believed that is fundamentally different from all philosophizing. In religion, reality is spoken of as myth and as revelation. Myth, fairy tale, tragedy, and sublime poetry can be of greatest depth and meaning where they do not explain and where they are logically at the most nonsensical. The general truth is that where only story is narrated, there is reality. The language of fantasy meets reality, which recedes from any exploration otherwise. When we hear being in the secret code of story, then we hear reality. The language of mysterious codes in philosophy is the language of transcendent reality; in religion, that language is myth and revelation. Reality can be accessed only by believing recognition and by believing experience. As the reality of the world offers itself through the senses, so transcendence is accessible through philosophical or through religious faith.

Religious symbols cannot preserve the exclusivity of their specific sanctity for the philosophical mind. They remain symbols only as long as they are not part of dogma or purposive activity. Religious faith in revelation has placed transcendence in a historical singularity, which is to be objectively and...

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