The Scale of Perfection, Book 2, Part 1 – Chapter 4

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That through the Sacrament of Baptism (which is grounded in the Passion of Christ) this Image is reformed from Original Sin

This is chapter 6 of The Scale of Perfection – Book 2 in Middle English:
That thorugh the sacrament of baptym that is groundid in the passioun of Crist this image is reformed fro the original synne.

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There's What's "Real," and there's What's Important

jnwarren, I, too, am a big fan of language philosophy. But, I wonder if we can distinguish what's real and what's not as easily as you seem to imply. In the last analysis, no abstract utterance means anything unless we define our terms, but we could define the terms we used in defining our initial set of terms, and get so wrapped up in what we mean that we forget what we were saying. All abstract terms, every one of them, is an empty signifyer if words have to mean the same thing to everyone to qualify for use in "ordinary language." Do you have a problem with any other statement that employs abstract terms? I prefer to live with the vagueness of human speech and only define my terms when asked, to limiting myself to only what I can say with concrete terms. I find blue cups on tables boring compared to what we apparently both would prefer to talk about, the "things" in the world of ideas. You're probably not saying that God isn't real because we can only refer to Him with "an empty signifyer," but my experiences with God are more meaningful and memorable than my experiences with blue cups.

Bill B.