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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press; Highlighting edition (August 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800620518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800620516
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Brent Wittmeier on October 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
McFague is a likeable and thoughtful scholar. I've had the good fortune of studying with her and found her to be kind, gentle, and full of wit and understanding.
McFague's books may be divided into two sections. The first includes Speaking in Parables and Metaphorical Theology, books primarily concerned with understanding and interpreting Christian metaphors at a time in which traditional Christianity appeared to be losing purchase on the world. Of these two, Metaphorical Theology is the more important one (explores the paradigmatic shape of theology and the role of its images -- incorporates holistic insights from philosophy of science and studies of metaphor).
Models of God represents the beginning of a new stage in McFague's work. It is more than just the crystallization of her feminist and ecological convictions and the further development of models suggested in MT. Really, it is a development from a call to understand the world to a call to change the world.
As such, the gloves are off and McFague refuses to mince words --- I call it 'antithetical speech' --- she means to have it out with all of the things that has brought the world to the brink of nuclear and ecological disaster (nuclear threat especially, written at the time of Chernobyl and Ronald Reagan). At the heart of the problem, McFague argues, is a hierarchical, patriarchal, monarchial, dualistic view of the world (bad). McFague proposes a new theology which is tentative, prophetic, iconoclastic, and egalitarian (good).
As an evangelical Christian (here it comes!), however, I find Models of God to be prematurely dismissive of biblical and historical theology. McFague paints with a broad brush when talking about why we are where we are.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 1997
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Sallie McFague's book excellently redefines how God should
be envisioned in the current, postmodern society.
McFague does an excellent job constructing a positive image of
God that should be considered by any modern reader,
especially one interested in the ecological crisis
or the nuclear threat. Drawing upon the progress of
earlier theologians in these areas, McFague has written
an intense and incredibly important book for the modern
era, and one that should be seriously considered
by every person who is concerned about the state of the
planet and of all humanity.
In addition to the above positive points, McFague's book is an enticing
read; it is also very thorough and scholarly in its development. Simply stated,
it's a "must read."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Librax2 on January 17, 2011
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Given this book was published in the 80's, this author is well ahead of her time. Her book is easily relevant to the present.
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By Karl Kaups on January 18, 2013
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Book arrived in great condition and on time. My daughter needed it for college, so it was great to get it so quickly so she could take it back to school with her after Winter Break.
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