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#1 Monk Herman

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:44 PM

Can someone help me understand what the word "symbol" means when we speak of the "Symbol" of Faith?

 

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#2 Lakis Papas

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:59 PM

Greek word "symbol" (συμβολον) has many meanings.

 

In Ecclesiastic usage it is used with the special meaning "a confession of faith".

 

http://www.perseus.t...entry=su/mbolon

 

The meaning of the word "symbolism" is: perception of a thing not by its own sentient, but with intellectual mediation of something else. The thing with the mediation of which we perceive something else, is called a "symbol". Βy adopting this terminology in theological issues, we use the phrase "the Symbol of Faith". 



#3 Olga

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 12:37 AM

Another way of looking at it is that the Creed is the encapsulation, the core and essence of what we believe. Symbols, as representative motifs, whether verbal or visual, express a great deal in a very concise way.







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