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Title:Word and Light: Seeing, Hearing, and Religious Discourse
Format Type:Ebook
Author:David Chidester
Publisher:University of Illinois Press
ISBN:025201863X
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Number of Pages:168
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Word and Light: Seeing, Hearing, and Religious Discourse by David Chidester

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Word and Light: Seeing, Hearing, and Religious Discourse Word and Light brings religious discourse back to its senses in this provocative examination of the importance of sight and sound to religious symbols myths rituals and traditions The book examines the unexpected implications of three theses First religious symbols particularly the perceptual symbols of word and light are grounded in the senses of hearing and seeing Second the senses of sight and hearing generate different ranges of symbolic association important to religious discourse Finally differing ranges of symbolic association often are fused in the combinations mergers and transfers of the senses known as synesthesia Using a series of case studies in western religious discourse David Chidester analyzes the importance of sight and hearing especially in the work of Augustine but also in that of Philo Arius Athanasius Bonaventure and Melanchthon He examines the dynamics of seeing hearing and synesthetic mergers of the senses to suggest new ways of understanding religion

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