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This chapter explores the ramifications of dual discovery for God-language specifically. Its first focus is at the subset of God language which is doctrine, and its second focus is that other subset which might loosely be referred to as 'God-language-in-use'. Indeed, to refer to God is to invoke no context at all in the sense of a circumscribed district of pre-suppositions, since God pre-supposes nothing, being the pre-supposition and context for everything else. The doctrine articulates the nature of the divine transcendence in non-divisive or non-contrastive terms. The chapter has pursued a hypothesis in which the referential and descriptive functions of language are set aside in favour of its performative or transformative role. In Augustine's terminology, God-language can be used but not enjoyed. It cannot be rested in, since it offers no satisfaction to the desire for generic meaning.

Keywords: doctrine; God-language



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