In the Beginning Was the Word : Language - A God-Centered Approach

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-10-27
  • Publisher: Good News Pub

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With scriptural teaching and broad-ranging application, this follow-up to Redeeming Science builds a Christian theology of language and reforms our thinking about words.

Author Biography

Vern Sheridan Poythress (PhD, Harvard University) is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, where he has taught for over twenty-five years. He holds degrees in New Testament, apologetics, and mathematics. He is a minister and the author of Redeeming Science: A God Centered Approach.

Table of Contents

The Importance of Languagep. 11
God's Involvement with Language
Language and the Trinityp. 17
God Speakingp. 23
God's Creation of Manp. 29
God Sustaining Languagep. 39
Creativity in Languagep. 42
Exploring Examples of Languagep. 50
The Rules of Languagep. 60
God's Rulep. 64
Responding to God's Governmentp. 78
From Big to Small: Language in the Context of History
Small Pieces of Language within the Big Piecesp. 85
Imagingp. 91
World Historyp. 97
The fall into Sinp. 103
Redemption through Christp. 116
Peoples, Cultures, and Languagesp. 124
Principles for Cultural Reconciliationp. 131
Good and Bad Kinds of Diversityp. 138
Human Actionp. 149
Speaking and Writingp. 163
Analysis and Verbal Interpretationp. 170
Interpreting the Biblep. 180
Genrep. 186
Story tellingp. 195
The Story of Redemptionp. 206
Many Mini-redemptionsp. 209
Counterfeit Stories of Redemptionp. 219
Modern Reinterpretations of Redemptive Storiesp. 229
Stories about Jesusp. 234
Smaller Packages in Language: Sentences and Words
Sentences in Use: Foundations in Truthp. 243
Foundations for Meaning in Trinitarian Inter-personal Actionp. 251
Subsystems of Languagep. 259
Words and Their Meaningsp. 270
From Words to Perspectivesp. 280
Truth as a Perspectivep. 289
Living in the Truthp. 297
Interaction with Other Approaches to Language
Modernism and Postmodernismp. 303
Doubt within Postmodernismp. 311
Non-Christian Thinkingp. 320
Platonic Ideasp. 326
The Contribution of Structural Linguisticsp. 332
Translation Theoryp. 338
Symbolic Logic and Logical Positivismp. 350
The Theory of Speech Actsp. 353
Reaching Out to Deconstructionp. 370
Supplementary Reflections
Special Cases of Human Speechp. 385
Bibliographyp. 391
General Indexp. 401
Scripture Indexp. 411
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