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For more than five decades Jacob Needleman has been a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University. He is a widely respected author who has spent his life exploring and commenting on a range of spiritual traditions.
Language is complicated.
The words we use have deep connections to past experience. At the same time we use them to create and shape the new experiences we are having in the moment.
For some people the language of the King James Bible and the Book Of Common Prayer are the symbols of their experience of an authentic relationship with God. For others, the antiquated language and penitential flavour of the liturgy are stumbling blocks rather than stepping-stones to relationship with the Life That Never Goes Away. Who is right?