Much of postmodernism stems from an assertion that language shapes the way humans think, but humans, in turn, cannot stand outside of language to investigate it objectively. Thus, language is powerful because it shapes human thought, but it is impoverished because it is unable to serve as a means to examine itself.
Recognizing the power and poverty of language, poststructuralism implies that all knowledge, including its own, must be taken on faith.
– How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith, Crystal Dowing, p. 126.
Downing asserts that this view of language is Biblical, citing God’s identification of His name to Moses as Yahweh—I AM WHO I AM. “As though in recognition that language molds perception, God communicates a Self that transcends the limitations of any noun referring to a created entity” (p. 127).
Her summation follows:
The power of language to mold, and hence limit, our understanding of God thus implies…
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