This colloquium, organized by CITER researchers, falls within the scope of the relationship between theological and literary studies, between poetry and transcendence. It is organized by the Cátedra Poesia e Transcendência – Sophia de Mello Breyner (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto), in partnership with the Faculty of Theology and the Secretariado Nacional da Pastoral da Cultura.
"Foundational for the perception and expression of mystery, poetic language is the place of a paradoxical articulation, adding nothing to the descriptive representation of the world [Ricoeur]. Theological positivism is in crisis, a paradigm that has always given way too much to the obsession with the truth, there has been a growing interest in the theological study of literary productions as places of redemption of the referential language, typical of the traditional discourse of theology. In its quasi liturgical performativity, poetic language brings the object of theological discourse closer to its truly referential axis: "the transluminous darkness of Silence" [Pseudo-Dionysius Areopagite]."