Metaphorical Theology

Metaphorical Theology : Models of God In Religious Language

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. . . a liberating book about a liberating theological approach.
--Christianity and Crisis

Metaphorical Theology is a brilliant piece of writing which will make an important contribution both to new thinking on he nature of religious language and also to the dialogue between Christianity and Feminist Theology.
--Rosemary Radford Ruether
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

The great virtue of Professor McFague's book is that it tackles [some] crucial problems in an extremely perceptive and creative way . . . .All in all it is a most timely book both for the theological and for the church at large.
--Maurice Wiles
Regius Professor of Divinity
Christ Church, Oxford University
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 151 x 227 x 13.97mm | 358.34g
  • Augsburg Fortress
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 0800616871
  • 9780800616878
  • 499,413

Table of contents


Preface to the Second Printing

1. Toward a Metaphorical Theology

The Problem of Religious Language

The Idolatry of Religious Language

The Irrelevance of Religious Language

Can Religious Language Be Revitalized?

Metaphorical Theology

2. Metaphor, Parable, and Scripture




3. Models in Science

Models in the Social Sciences and Technology

Natural Science, the Humanities, and the Imagination


Types of Models and Two Views of Models in Science

Central Insights from Scientific Models Pertinent to Theology

4. Models in Theology

Differences Between Scientific and Theological Models

Parable, Paradigm, and Root-Metaphor in Christianity

Creeds: Models or Dogmas?

Models and Concepts

The Truth of Theological Models

Criteria for Theological Models

5. God the Father: Model or Idol?

Partriarchy in Perspective

Revolutionary Feminist Theology: A new Paradigm and a new Model

Reformist Feminist Theology: The Search for New Models

God the Friend



Index of Authors
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