The Crisis of Religious Symbolism
Symbolism & Reality

Jean Borella

Translated by G. John Champoux

456 pages

ISBN: 978-1-62138-191-4 (paper)

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Combined here in one volume are two books, The Crisis of Religious Symbolism and Symbolism and Reality. Although published seven years apart, these two works are integral to one another. Symbolism and Reality represents a kind of sabbath rest—its subtitle says “reflection”—after the mighty works of The Crisis of Religious Symbolism, where the deep structures of three hundred years of Western philosophical and cultural development are brought to the surface, analyzed, and made meaningful in the light of what Jean Borella has termed “the metaphysics of the symbol.” Together, these two books represent a cleansing and restoration of a Christian vision of the world. Through Jean Borella’s witness to the death and resurrection of religious symbolism presented here, we are given entrance to a world renewed in Christ.

Praise for The Crisis of Religious Symbolism

“Borella’s writing shines with wayside jewels of intuition, as well as proceeding with a rich vein of theological reasoning.”

— Malachi Martin

About the Author

The French Catholic religious philosopher Jean Borella (b. 1930) taught metaphysics and the history of ancient and medieval philosophy at the University of Nancy II until his retirement in 1995. Besides the present works on sacred symbology, he has also written important texts on charity, analogy, Christian gnosis, mystical theology, and sacred exegesis. His latest work is To the Biblical Sources of Metaphysics (2015).