n English in Africa - Alan Paton and the logos

Volume 40, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



Logos: even the word presented us with some initial problems. To Alan Paton its prime importance and impact were profoundly Christian, stemming presumably from those three or four passages of the Johannine canon in the New Testament; to me, while conceding possibly metaphysical dimensions, the word was a lower case word pertaining primarily to words of reason. In time, as we got to know each other and became less serious with each other, the word appeared to settle somewhere in the middle ground of 'literary discourse.' But it remained a serious word for him as long as I knew him: it always retained at least a hint of the upper case.

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