A little studied, but essential aspect of human natural-language production is the ability to form concise descriptive expressions.... A very simple model of sentence production involves two steps first one has a thought, and then a sentence is chosen out of an infinite number of possibilities which expresses the thought. For example, a formal semantic model can be given in which the same 'thought' (an expression in first-order predicate calculus) is expressed by the following four sentences I see the big red thing I see the thing that both big and red It is the thing which is red and which is big I see What I here and now see is the thing which is big and not small and that is either round or not round and which has the property of being red.
We live by trust, in part by hope, in part by inquiry, patiently and humbly pursued. And to the degree that these sensibilities of our creaturehood are observed, the pursuit of intelligibility and understanding in our faith is a creative adventure full of promise in expanding, sensitizing, illumining, and hopefully fulfilling this pilgrimage of existing. Every other mode of seeking to wrest the fire and efficacy of reality, either by way of sanctioning those who presume to believe, or as ground for registering reality's curse upon those who presume not to believe in accordance with the prescribed language of human forms and symbols, is blasphemous, and carries within its own degree of dementia. And this, I submit, is the judgment of reality itself not of any human formulation dependent upon the language of our fallible forms and symbols.