Language and the divine were thought of as one in all myths. Human language was the language of the gods and vice versa. Today the gods have moved far away from us and language serves for information and communication. This kind of language is certainly necessary, but it does not contain a perceptive function, in which an elementary, fully human experience lies. Cognition, on the other hand, can take place through poetic language, which in its imagery and further through its sound and rhythm leads to the inner side of our reality. It then shows us the way to the lost word.
The spring issue of STIL contains contributions that all deal with the topic of literature and religion: they range from biblical texts to Iranian poetry to texts by Christian Morgenstern, Simone Weil, Paul Celan and Patrick Roth.