0

Does the sentence

"The quote reflects a Catholic view of heaven."

mean the same, as the sentence

"The view expressed in the quote is what Catholic Church teaches about heaven"?

2

In this context, "reflects" most nearly means "shows". For example, the sentence you gave:

The quote reflects a Catholic view of heaven.

means the same as:

The quote shows a Catholic view of heaven.

  • Thank you for your answer. so basically the sentence "The quote reflects a Catholic view of heaven" has the same meaning as "The quote is stating what Catholic Church teaches about heaven"? – Jin-Dominique Jun 2 '16 at 22:41
  • 1
    @JDneverSleeps 'Stating' might be a little strong. Reflect or reflecting is often more subjective. Consider the following: "When Donald Trumps states his views on immigration, he is merely reflecting those of many Americans" Does that help? – PerryW Jun 2 '16 at 23:34
  • 1
    @PerryW hello, what about "The quote is consistent with a Catholic view of heaven."? Does it have the same meaning as "The quote reflects a Catholic view of heaven."? – Jin-Dominique Jun 2 '16 at 23:56
  • 1
    @JDneverSleeps Yes, consistent would work - like reflect it allows for some ambiguity between objectivity and subjectivity. – PerryW Jun 3 '16 at 0:18
0

The two sentences mean almost the same thing, but not quite.

If you say, "this reflects the Catholic view", you mean that it is consistent with the Catholic view, but not necessarily the official position.

For example, someone might say, "This book, where people live side by side with angels in eternity, reflects the Catholic view of Heaven" might well be accurate, because this is consistent with the kind of things that Catholics say about Heaven, even if there is no official Church doctrine saying that people and angels live side by side in Heaven. (This isn't really the best example, but I can't think of a better one off the top of my head.)

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.