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Metaphorical Theology: Models of God in Religious Language Paperback – November 1, 1982
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"We say that 'this' is like 'that,' but we also realize that it is not like 'that' and that other ways of linking up the similarities and dissimilarities are possible." (pg 34)
In the first part of the book, McFague discusses sacramental thought and how it differs from metaphorical thought. Here we learn that sacramental thought "does not think of 'this' as 'that,' but 'this' as part of 'that.'" (pg. 16)
Secondly, she discusses the metaphorical nature of Scriptures - especially, the parables of Jesus.
Then she discusses models in science and compares them with models in theology. Here McFague sheds light on the differences between scientific thought and religious thought. Those who are interested in the science and religious dialogue will find this section to be of particular interest.
Next, she discusses the traditional metaphor of God in Christianity as 'Father' and explains the social implications that this model has engendered. This section will especially appeal to those interested in feminist theology.
Finally, she discusses the metaphor of God as 'Friend.'
This is a very thought-provoking read, and it will alter the way you think about things. What I learned most from this book was that metaphor has the ability to elicit new theological insights and the theological insights we gain can only be limited by the number of metaphors we use.
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