“Discourses that Pretend
to Inform or Instruct”


Roger Elliott

ISBN 978 0 907839 32 3
28 pp., A5, wrappers, £3.00 or as pdf download £1.50

Roger Elliott argues that for any good new liturgical work to be done, liturgists must be consciously opposed to the empirical temperament of the modern world. Distrust of poetry could arguably be traced back to Plato. Mr Elliott does trace its English branch back to Locke and shows how the presuppositions about language associated with Locke are those of the modern liturgies, and are inimical to religion. For there to be any hope for religious language we have to learn anew that rhetoric need not be opposed to truth.
     Mr Elliott’s message ought therefore to be embarrassing to those in authority in the churches, but it is not one of despair—as the liveliness of his own writing confirms.

from a recent letter . . . “I’d never seen a criticism of Locke done along these lines before, that is, a literary criticism developed into a criticism of his thought.”

(You may also be interested in a criticism of Locke nearly three hundred years older than Roger Elliott’s, Thomas Burnett’s Remarks on John Locke, with Locke’s replies.)

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