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Creatures as Signs of God

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Williams's reading is of the work as a whole as an induction of the Christian into a viewing of the world as sign of God, read through the lens of that ultimate sign, Christ, and that unique set of signs derivative from Christ, Scripture. The triadic nature of the sign is also something Deely emphasise. The eternal God is to be enjoyed, while temporal creatures are to be used for the end of that enjoyment. In sum, Deely reads Augustine as reaching after a category broader than intention, but which still involves orientation to a goal. Augustine's figurative sign thus pre-supposes, beyond the conventions of language, real connections within the world which are harnessed by language for signification. The whole edifice of Augustine's Scriptural hermeneutic is thus rooted in his understanding of the sign as that which embraces phenomena ranging from the natural to the cultural.

Keywords: Deely; God; sign of God; temporal creatures



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