Metaphor and Religious Language

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Clarendon Press, 1987 - Religion - 191 pages
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Christian theology has suffered in modern times from an inability to explain its traditional reliance on metaphor to an audience intellectually formed by empiricism. The author argues that what is needed is not a more "literal" theology, but a better understanding of metaphor. Soskice offers here an account of metaphor and religious language that not only illuminates the way in which theists speak of God, but also contributes to our understanding of the workings of metaphor in scientific theory and other disciplines.

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I really liked this book. In my opinion it brought some necessary precision (even correction) into the conversation about metaphor in theology. I'd like to be Janet Martin Soskice when I grow up. Read full review

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Janet Martin Soskice is Reader in Modern Theology and Philosophical Theology at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of Jesus College and co-editor of Feminism and Theology (2003).

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