Gadamerian understanding and Ricoeurian symbol as it contributes to a symbolic worldview
My central thesis is that a worldview is always symbolic, mediating an understanding of what is true about the world that is genuine and robust while also provisional. To elaborate, this project will argue that one can ascribe to something the status of being genuinely and robustly true by positing the central concept of a symbolic worldview. A ‘symbolic worldview’ is a concept that is unique to this project and draws on Gadamer’s description of religious symbol and hermeneutic understanding as well as the Ricoeurian symbol and narrative understanding.
Did God Not Choose the Poor? (James 2:5): A Preferential Option
An exploration of the Letter of James reveals that friendship with God, or divine wisdom, demands that an option for the poor is God’s preferential option (2:5). It is an exigency that is in contradistinction to earthly wisdom, and includes not only faith, but also reflective action guided by truth, freedom, justice, and a deep respect and love for the integrity, dignity, and personhood of all people, all of whom are created in the image of God (3:9). This is a foundation upon which Catholic Social Teaching about the preferential option for the poor can be established as it continues to evolve in twenty-first century theological consciousness, teaching, and praxis.