Winter 1979 • Vol. I No. 1 NonfictionJanuary 1, 1979 |

Theology and Logology

Foreword There is the possibility of confusion, in connection with my use of the term "logology." Though I shall constantly be encountering occasions where theology (as "words about God") and logology (as "words about words") overlap, particularly as when logology was taken literally to mean "the Doctrine of the Logos" (the reference to Christ as The Word in the book of John), in my discussion I shall be stressing the secular meaning of the term. Technically, each term could treat the other as of narrower scope. For logology in the secular sense could class all sorts of "isms" and "ologies" and many other kinds of utterance, including itself, as modes of "verbal behavior." And theology would certainly look upon any such theorizing as far less comprehensive in scope than theology's concern with the relations between the human, word-using animal and the realm of the supernatural. Professor J Hillis Miller, most notably in his essay on "The Linguistic Moment in 'The Wreck o

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