Symbolism and Belief (Routledge Revivals): Gifford Lectures, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Symbolism and Belief (Routledge Revivals)

Gifford Lectures, 1st Edition

By Edwyn Bevan


390 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138026070
pub: 2015-03-04
SAVE ~$10.59
Hardback: 9781138023864
pub: 2014-01-15
SAVE ~$37.00
Currently out of stock
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315774565
pub: 2014-06-17
from $26.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


First published in 1938, this title presents the greater part of the 1933 Gifford Lectures in natural theology, given by Edwyn Bevan. The questions raised regarding the element of symbolism in religious conceptions takes the reader to the very heart of the religious problem, and addresses some of the most fundamental questions posed by theology and comparative religion: the nature of ‘Spirit’; the spiritual efficacy of sacred histories and the images they utilise, in particular those found in the Bible; the ambiguous role of language, not only in relation to God but also to the world around us; and the uncertainties pertaining to ‘rationalism’ and ‘mysticism’.

Symbolism and Belief offers the student of theology, philosophy, scriptural exegesis and anthropology a wide-ranging resource for the study of religious discourse.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introductory 2. Height 3. Height (continued) 4. Time 5. Time (continued) 6. Light 7. Spirit 8. Spirit (continued) 9. The Wrath of God 10. The Wrath of God (continued) 11. Distinction of Literal and Symbolical 12. Symbols Without Conceptual Meaning 13. Pragmatism and Analogy 14. Mansel and Pragmatism 15. Rationalism and Mysticism 16. The Justification of Belief; Index

About the Series

Routledge Revivals

Are there elusive titles that you need and have been trying to source for years but thought that you would never be able to find?

Well this may be the end of your quest – here is a fantastic opportunity for you to discover past brilliance and purchase previously out of print and unavailable titles by some of the world’s most eminent academic scholars.

Drawing from over 100 years of innovative, cutting-edge publishing, Routledge Revivals is an exciting programme whereby key titles from the distinguished and extensive backlist of the many acclaimed imprints associated with Routledge will be re-issued.

The programme draws upon the illustrious backlists of Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner, Routledge & Kegan Paul, Methuen, Allen & Unwin and Routledge itself.

Routledge Revivals spans the whole of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and includes works by some of the world’s greatest thinkers including Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Simone Weil, Martin Buber, Karl Jaspers and Max Beloff.

If you are interested in Revivals in the Behavioral Sciences, please visit

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Biblical Commentary / General
RELIGION / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
RELIGION / Christian Rituals & Practice / Worship & Liturgy