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Catholic Particularity in Seventeenth-Century French Writing'Christianity is Strange'$
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Richard Parish

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199596669

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596669.001.0001

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Particularity and Language (i): Talking about God

Particularity and Language (i): Talking about God

(p.64) 3 Particularity and Language (i): Talking about God
Catholic Particularity in Seventeenth-Century French Writing

Richard Parish

Oxford University Press

The third chapter is the first of two interrelated analyses of language. The first part considers the central role of paradox in the articulation of Christian doctrine, in the light of its stylistic manifestations across a range of genres and through a variety of metaphors. It examines the role of the Bible in the provision of material that is ripe for imaginative exploitation; and illustrates contrastively the use of natural imagery in St François de Sales. It then looks at the attempt within a poetic idiom (the works of Claude Hopil) to express the inexpressible dogma of the Holy Trinity; and concludes on an examination of how Bossuet both underlines and transcends the limitations of language in his Funeral Orations.

Keywords:   language, paradox, stylistics, metaphors, Bible, St François de Sales, Holy Trinity, poetry, Funeral Orations

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