“The symbols are not interested in mediating information so much as they are intended to alter perception.”
Note: in the context of this quote, Jacobsen is discussing how Scripture doesn’t simply pass along informative facts or propositions; Scripture does things to God’s people. Interestingly, in this same context, he also notes how we are a people stabalized by symbols (i.e. rings, stop signs, and business logos). The other-world symbols from Scripture collide with the this-world symbols, which results in an explosion: the other-world symbols survive and reorient our lives to their reality, which sometimes hurts!
See David S. Jacobsen, Preaching in the New Creation (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1999), 89.