Dilemmas of Religious Professional, Part 4 (continued), 1971 February 12


In the final lecture, Thurman transitions from his meditations on inwardness to a more technical discourse regarding the uses of language by the religious professional. Recognizing the limits of language, he discusses the transcendent meaning of the Gospels whose wisdom must be communicated with the least amount of interference from the speaker. The minister’s speech must then participate in what Thurman calls the “community [or “continuum”] of meaning.” As a beacon of the collective experience of God, the religious professional sees the road ahead for humanity and thus becomes an agent of redemption.

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