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Archbishop says flag designs need to be re-evaluated

June 19, 2015

by Archbishop Peter Loy Chong

The Oxford Dictionary states that a flag is a piece of cloth or similar material, typically oblong or square, attachable by one edge to a pole or rope and used as the symbol or emblem of a country. The flag is a symbol of a nation’s identity, beliefs and values.

Therefore to create a new flag and ensure it truly represents a nation’s identity, those charged with this task must understand the notion of a symbol. What is a symbol and how does it function?

I wish to contribute to the formulation of Fiji’s new flag by providing a framework for understanding the flag as a symbol. I draw my contribution from Roger Haight’s book “Dynamics of Theology”.

Haight’s discussion on symbol draws from two prominent Christian theologians, Karl Rahner (Catholic) and Paul Tillich (Protestant). Rahner’s theology of symbols is rooted in a great doctor of the church, Thomas Aquinas, and Aristotle.

source – c4.6; posted by mere varani for swm
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