Metaphor and Religious Language

Metaphor and Religious Language

by Janet Martin Soskice
     
 

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

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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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"A splendid vindication of analytic philosophy."—Times Literary Supplement

"An extraordinary account of the metaphorical character of religious language."—Commonweal

"Combines two excellent studies: the first is a critical analysis of theories of metaphor and topics in contemporary philosophy of language....the second is an examination of the way in which models and the metaphorical language based on them are understood in a critical realism concerning scientific explanation, and so can support the possibility of a critical realism in theology....Deserves to be widely read."—The Thomist

"Presents a clear, concise and forceful challenge to anti-realist views of religious discourse."—Review of Metaphysics

"I have little but praise for this study. The crisp insights of the conclusion are symptomatic of its lucidity and sophistication."—British Journal of Aesthetics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198247272
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/15/1985
Pages:
240

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