Please join us for the Gifford Lecture 'Extreme language: discovery under pressure'.
Fifth lecture in the "Making representations: religious faith and the habits of language" series by Rowan Williams, Lord Williams of Oystermouth.
One of the most complex aspects of our language is that we refine the patterns we create in it - by rhyme and metre and metaphor - in the confidence that through this process we will discover something about what our habitual language does not disclose.
The language of art - and in striking measure the language of innovative theoretical science too - assumes that what we perceive is more than it appears, and that it 'gives more than it has'. The processes of rediscovering ourselves through the deliberate distortions and re-workings of familiar language (as we do in poetry, prose or scientific narrative) once again suggest a significant confidence in the bare practice of speech to transform understanding and the relation with what is real.
What is encountered is essentially oriented towards something like communion or integration.
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