|In the Beginning Was the Word:|
Language--A God-Centered Approach
By: Vern Sheridan Poythress
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Publication Date: October 2009
Language is not only the centerpiece of our everyday
lives, but it gives significance to all that we do.
It also reflects and reveals our all-sustaining Creator,
whose providential governance extends to the intricacies
of language. Writes Vern Poythress, "God controls and
specifies the meaning of each word-not only in English
in Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Italian, and every other
language. When, in our modernism or postmodernism, we
drop him from our account of language, our words
become a prison that keeps us from the truth rather
opening doors to the truth. But we will use our words
wisely if we come to know God and understand him in
to our language."
It is such biblically informed insights that make "In the
Beginning Was the Word" especially valuable. Words are
important to us all, and this book-written at a level
presupposes no knowledge of linguistics-develops a
God-centered view of language. In his interaction with
multiple disciplines Poythress offers plenty of
not just for scholars and church leaders but for any
thinking carefully about his speech.
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