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Metaphorical Theology: Models of God In Religious Language

Metaphorical Theology

Models of God In Religious Language

Sallie McFague (Author)


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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800616878
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 240
  • Dimensions 8.94 x 5.94
  • Publication Date November 1, 1982


". . . 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

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