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Searle's Philosophies And The Motif Of Christ's Blood: Some Proposals

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In response to the logical positivists who applied scientific data to validate statements, Wittgenstein proposed his theory of language games, and Austin developed his theories of performatives and illocutionary acts. Austin originally tried to distinguish performative language from statements or descriptions. Searle indicates that human beings use language in five basic ways (e.g., to assert, to direct, to express, to commit, and to declare, including a subcategory to assert declare). The five texts on the blood of Christ isolated for this project belong to a larger pool of references to Christs blood in the NT are described. These many texts indicate that the NT writers wrote of the blood of Christ in association with language of covenant, life, being raised, abiding, passing over sin, justification, communal participation, reconciliation, redemption, purity, having access to God, sanctification, victory.

Keywords: Austin; Christs Blood; Searle; Wittgenstein



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