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RevelationFrom Metaphor to Analogy$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239680

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198239688.001.0001

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(p.146) 9 Creeds

Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

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Church creeds try to state Christian doctrines in as precise a way as possible, using words—as far as possible—in literal senses. But they incorporate presuppositions that need to be siphoned off—for example, the Nicene Creed's presupposition that the Universe consists of ‘the sky’ (‘Heaven’) and the Earth. And they often use words in analogical, and metaphorical senses. Examples of the latter in the Nicene Creed are its description of the relation of the Son to the Father as ‘light from light’, and of Jesus ‘sitting’ ‘on the right hand of the Father’.

Keywords:   analogy, creed, Heaven, metaphor, Nicene Creed

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