In this fifteenth video on “Theological English”, Jonathan Dunne looks at the importance of names. “Name” is “man” in reverse with a final “e”, and we read in Genesis chapter 2 that God brought the creatures to Adam so that he could “name” them – in effect, so that he could translate them and choose the right word. God didn’t ask Adam to make the creatures because he is not an author – he cannot create out of nothing. He, and the rest of humankind, are translators. So “name” is central to man’s role in this world. What can the names of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary tell us about their roles? And what meaning can we find in the names of people like Strauss and Grant Gustin, and countries like Ukraine?
In this eighth video on “Theological English”, Jonathan Dunne continues looking at the spiritual content of language – this time, word connections made by changing the consonants, the “flesh” of language (consonants are produced by obstructing the breath with the lips or tongue, that is with the flesh). The devil would make us differ, while the father would gather us together. Human law is to protect private property, while divine law is to love God and to love our neighbour. God is love (eros-zero).