Hi Stephen P. King 

Here would be Peter Berger's (The Social Construction of Reality) version:

The meanings of all words are established (invented) pragmatically--through use,
just as our mothers taught us the meanings of words through use,
though conversation.

Thus language is a cultural artifact as are names.

So no wonder God wouldn't give his name, because there is no name, 
no word,  completely free of culture.  In the Christian tradition, however,
the Holy Spirit has revealed what God weanted to be revealed
in the best way possible.  Hence YHWH, a non -word.

We can however escape from the prison of language through
pure experience.

Roger , rclo...@verizon.net
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Time: 2012-08-11, 01:21:52
Subject: Re: God has no name

"You live by symbols. You have made up names for everything you see. Each one 
becomes a separate entity, identified by its own name. By this you carve it out 
of unity. By this you designate its special attributes, and set it off from 
other things by emphasizing space surrounding it. This space you lay between 
all things to which you give a different name; all happenings in terms of place 
and time; all bodies which are greeted by a name. 

This space you see as setting off all things from one another is the means by 
which the world's perception is achieved. You see something where nothing is, 
and see as well nothing where there is unity; a space between all things, 
between all things and you. Thus do you think that you have given life in 
separation. By this split you think you are established as a unity which 
functions with an independent will. 

What are these names by which the world becomes a series of discrete events, of 
things ununified, of bodies kept apart and holding bits of mind as separate 
awarenesses? You gave these names to them, establishing perception as you 
wished to have perception be. The nameless things were given names, and thus 
reality was given them as well. For what is named is given meaning and will 
then be seen as meaningful; a cause of true effect, with consequence inherent 
in itself. 

This is the way reality is made by partial vision, purposefully set against the 
given truth. Its enemy is wholeness. It conceives of little things and looks 
upon them. And a lack of space, a sense of unity or vision that sees 
differently, become the threats which it must overcome, conflict with and deny. 
Yet does this other vision still remain a natural direction for the mind to 
channel its perception. It is hard to teach the mind a thousand alien names, 
and thousands more. Yet you believe this is what learning means; its one 
essential goal by which communication is achieved, and concepts can be 
meaningfully shared. 

This is the sum of the inheritance the world bestows. And everyone who learns 
to think that it is so accepts the signs and symbols that assert the world is 
real. It is for this they stand. They leave no doubt that what is named is 
there. It can be seen, as is anticipated. What denies that it is true is but 
illusion, for it is the ultimate reality. To question it is madness; to accept 
its presence is the proof of sanity.

Such is the teaching of the world. It is a phase of learning everyone who comes 
must go through. But the sooner he perceives on what it rests, how questionable 
are its premises, how doubtful its results, the sooner does he question its 
effects. Learning that stops with what the world would teach stops short of 
meaning. In its proper place, it serves but as a starting point from which 
another kind of learning can begin, a new perception can be gained, and all the 
arbitrary names the world bestows can be withdrawn as they are raised to doubt.

Think not you made the world. Illusions, yes! But what is true in earth and 
Heaven is beyond your naming. When you call upon a brother, it is to his body 
that you make appeal. His true Identity is hidden from you by what you believe 
he really is. His body makes response to what you call him, for his mind 
consents to take the name you give him as his own. And thus his unity is twice 
denied, for you perceive him separate from you, and he accepts this separate 
name as his.

It would indeed be strange if you were asked to go beyond all symbols of the 
world, forgetting them forever; yet were asked to take a teaching function. You 
have need to use the symbols of the world a while. But be you not deceived by 
them as well. They do not stand for anything at all, and in your practicing it 
is this thought that will release you from them. They become but means by which 
you can communicate in ways the world can understand, but which you recognize 
is not the unity where true communication can be found.

Thus what you need are intervals each day in which the learning of the world 
becomes a transitory phase; a prison house from which you go into the sunlight 
and forget the darkness. Here you understand the Word, the Name which God has 
given you; the one Identity which all things share; the one acknowledgment of 
what is true. And then step back to darkness, not because you think it real, 
but only to proclaim its unreality in terms which still have meaning in the 
world that darkness rules.

Use all the little names and symbols which delineate the world of darkness. Yet 
accept them not as your reality. The Holy Spirit uses all of them, but He does 
not forget creation has one Name, one meaning, and a single Source which 
unifies all things within Itself. Use all the names the world bestows on them 
but for convenience, yet do not forget they share the Name of God along with 

God has no name. And yet His Name becomes the final lesson that all things are 
one, and at this lesson does all learning end. All names are unified; all space 
is filled with truth's reflection. Every gap is closed, and separation healed. 
The Name of God is the inheritance He gave to those who chose the teaching of 
the world to take the place of Heaven. In our practicing, our purpose is to let 
our minds accept what God has given as the answer to the pitiful inheritance 
you made as fitting tribute to the Son He loves.

No one can fail who seeks the meaning of the Name of God. Experience must come 
to supplement the Word. But first you must accept the Name for all reality, and 
realize the many names you gave its aspects have distorted what you see, but 
have not interfered with truth at all. One Name we bring into our practicing. 
One Name we use to unify our sight."

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"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed." 
~ Francis Bacon

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