- ultimate reality, being itself, the ground of being, the power of being, being itself, being as being;
- the qualities attributed to God -- love, mercy, power, omniscience, omnipresence -- are taken from experienced qualities we have ourselves and cannot be literally applied to God;
- if the acts attributed to God are not interpreted symbolically, they misleadingly seem to imply an ordinary substance doing things in space and time.
The immanent level of the symbol includes
- the incarnations of the divine;
- the symbolic sacrament (greater than the literal interpretation);
- symbolic thins used in ritual and aspects of architecture.
- Mary -- no longer needed now that we realize that we can relate to God without any need for intermediaries;
- Joseph, whom we must regard as the real father of Jesus if Jesus is to be fully human as he must be for faith; and
- the cross -- a symbol that subverts the tendency toward idolatry.
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