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The Understanding of Fr. Tadeusz Dajczer’s Writings
Methodological Indications

Fr. Bolesław Szewc

 

Keywords: Fr. Tadeusz Dajczer, spirituality, method, didactic function, provocation, drawing to God.

Abstract: The paper is an attempt to capture the essence of the method applied by Fr. Tadeusz Dajczer in his spiritual works and t some extent in scientific ones. The essence of the method consists in didactic function of his works which in the domain of spiritual life is expressed by drawing and guiding the recipient towards God.

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The method and the language of Rev. Prof. Tadeusz Dajczer’s spiritual writings

The summary

Key words: Dajczer, spiritual life, language, symbol, metaphor;

The incomprehension caused many unpleasantness in the history of the Church. Many times incomprehension concerns the spiritual life when somebody does not distinguish a statement about spiritual life from dogmatic ones. So the meaning of the spiritual authors’ works needs better understanding. This includes the spiritual works of Rev. Prof. Tadeusz Dajczer.

Warsaw Theological Studies, XXII/1/2009,

Fr. Bolesław Szewc

The Cognition in biblical Religions by I. G. Barbour

Content : 1. Data of religion; 2. Language of religion; 3. Assessment of beliefs in religion; 4. Criticism; Conclusion.

Keywords: Barbour Ian Graeme, religion, cognition, interpretation, experience, language, analogy, metaphor, symbol, parable, myth, model, paradigm, revelation

 

Ian Graeme Barbour (1923) is an American scholar on the relationship between science and religion. A physicist and a theologian by education, Barbour taught for many years at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He has held emeritus honors there since 1986 in the fields of science, technology and society. In his most famous book Issues in Science and Religion (1966) he presented the epistemological, linguistic and methodological fundamentals of linking science and religion. In his views he joins other scholars like F. Ferré[1], who claim that the language of religion also serves the cognitive functions. In the following paper I focus on what his achievements contribute to the understanding of the cognitive aspect of religion.

 

1. Data of religion

According to I. G. Barbour, the data or what gets to be known in religion are, generally speaking, experiences and events interpreted with the help of previously set categories of interpretation. In this chapter we discuss in short the nature of religious experience: its connection with interpretation, experience and community, while in the last subchapter we present the list of religious experience types as proposed by I. G. Barbour.

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