Models of God
In this award-winning text, theologian Sallie McFague challenges Christians' usual speech about God as a kind of monarch. She probes instead three other possible metaphors for God--as mother, lover, and friend.
Paperback, 244 pages
Published August 1st 1987 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing
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Believing our theology informs our ethics, Sallie McFague pragmatically suggests how our theology could be changed to achieve the ethical goals of survival for our planet and improving the well-being of the poor and oppressed. Understanding God as king or father seems to encourage overly aggressive or passive approaches to others and the threat of nuclear annihilation, war and disparities in the distribution of goods. This is the testimony of history. McFague urges that we understand these views...more
McFague is a feminist Christian theologian who wishes to adopt a variation of the panenthist model of God found in many Eastern religions. She knows this is not an easy sell since she is targeting this view towards devote Christians, but she does a honorable job of addressing the pros and cons of this view, relative to the Christian philosophy.