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Changing Signs of Truth: A Christian Introduction to the Semiotics of Communication

Crystal L. Downing
Like all signs, my metaphor cannot fully capture the Truth that transcends all signification. Nevertheless, humans are limited to signs, which function like the mirror
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Lewis, then, would agree with Ricoeur and Derrida-that there is no escaping metaphoric language in order to get at pure unadulterated truth; we always understand reality through the metaphors we use. And this is as true for atheists as it is for Christians.
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metaphor: a word coined by Aristotle from the Greek meta- (beyond) and pbor (carry). New metaphors carry us beyond stale, cliched forms of communication.
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many Christians today feel uncomfortable with the violence of God implied by penal substitution. The theory can strike unbelievers as presenting a God who requires the brutal suffering of his son in exchange for salvation.
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Bakhtin, instead, would have us respond according to the gift of "participatory outsideness." In other words, my position outside of the times in which these theories were formulated enables me to perceive how each manifests "signs of the times."63
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Because he was embodied, Jesus, like all signs of truth, was affected by the shaping of
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Embodiment, however, implies that signs of truth are consummated differently in different places, for bodies are always constrained by the time and space in which they are situated.
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Truth, in other words, is dialogic, as is the source and creator of all truth, the inherently relational Trinity (chapter eight). Indeed, Christian tradition endorses dialogism.
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Consummation therefore necessitates the gift of communication.41
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For Bakhtin, it is perception, not truth, that is pluralistic. Like a flesh and blood material body, truth is identifiable, or, as Peirce might put it, there is an Object that exceeds its representamens and interpretants.
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Each person "consummates" me in different ways.
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our real exterior can be seen and understood only by other people, because they are located outside us in space and because they are others."37
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For Bakhtin, we cannot fully know truth-even about ourselves-without interacting with other bodies.
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structuralists like Barthes believe that the signs of a cultural system precede and hence constitute thought, leading to the "death" of authority as it has traditionally been known: authors do not authorize their
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Saussure emphasizes systems over people. Furthermore, Bahktin felt that Saussure failed to recognize the role of "genres" in cooking up speech acts.
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Individualistic subjectivism focuses on "the individual creative act of speech."26 Like painters who transcend their culture by creating entirely original works of art, autonomous individuals creatively invent new forms of speech.
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I follow the lead of many Bakhtin scholars and communication theorists by using the sign /Bakhtin/ to describe the mind that generated the semiotic insight of Marxism and the Pbilosopby ofLanguage.24
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without martyrdom to unite believers, sexual purity became intensified as a sign of Christian commitment.
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"sexual desire is no longer a response to a person whom we meet and know face-to-face. Rather, sexual desire is stimulated by images promulgated by the media, and we strive to remake our bodies to fit those images."6 People have thus substituted signs for reality, submitting themselves to what cultural critic Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) calls "simulacra": copies of reality for which no original exists.7
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With such a notion of (re) signing, we can persuasively argue that not all interpretations of God are equally legitimate. While most religious people, including many Christians, fall into exchangist thought, truth is verified by signs that endorse the gift.
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