literalism literalism


  1. (n) the doctrine of realistic (literal) portrayal in art or literature
  2. (n) a disposition to interpret statements in their literal sense


  1. With the Supreme Court's creationism decision, Louisiana teachers will no longer be forced to present biblical literalism as science.
  2. The erosion of literalism, moreover, may have put the Bible's poetry in sharper relief.
  3. Criswell has done so ever since, skillfully blending humor, homely anecdote, snippets of poetry, and straight-from-the-shoulder Biblical literalism.


  • Elizabeth Bishop Biopic Reaching for the Moon Gives Pedestrian Purview of Poet

    The biopic, with its stubborn fidelity to the contours of real life, seems a poor form with which to honor a poet. Literalism is inimical to poetry, and yet literalism is the biopic's principal currency: Its every movement remains in thrall to reality, however mundane, unglamorous, or undramatic....
    on November 6, 2013     Source: The Village Voice


  1. US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice says in an US-India Business Council meet, "Together, we can strive for effective principled multi-literalism but based on our common values to shape an international order in accordance with those values that...
    on Jun 27, 2007 By: Condoleezza Rice Source: Times

  2. "I'm absolutely horrified to think that this kind of fanatical literalism would be applied in this day and age," Anglican Church of Canada primate Andrew Hutchison said.
    on Mar 24, 2006 By: Andrew Hutchison Source: Today's Family News

  3. "The notion of Biblical inerrancy, of Biblical literalism, is really un-Catholic," says Alan Wolfe, a political scientist and scholar of religion at Boston College. "The whole point of having a priesthood and a magisterium [the Latin term for...
    on Aug 7, 2005 By: Alan Wolfe Source: Boston Globe (registration)

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