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Metaphor and Religious Language

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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 ...more
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Published June 25th 1987 by Clarendon Press (first published June 25th 1985)
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Chris Little
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This work argues that metaphor is not a simple 'pretty' way of saying something that could be communicated with straightforward words, but it its own legitimate and necessary way of explanation. Metaphoric statements, at their best, say things that cannot be said in other ways. They also create opportunities for new learning, reflection, and avenues of enquiry.

Extending this, Soskice argues that both science and theology are - fittingly and necessarily - fields in which metaphor plays a major pa
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jayrt
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
soskice uses metaphor as a linguistic lemma to conjecture a post-lockean commandment, “thou shall not take religion so seriously.”

about the first 2/3rds of the book are dedicated to michael myers[1]. surgically, she dissects tropes and operates on the mother[2]. after a successful surgery, dr soskice becomes an ethnographer and studies how her patient operates in different contexts[3].

the main thrust of her book comes wrapped in the causal theory of references (ctr). she contrasts ctr with the
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Nathan Smith
Nov 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm currently reading this and am excited as they are discussing how we don't need a more literal theology in the line of thinking with empiricism but that we need a better understanding of metaphor. ...more
Kessia Reyne
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Brad East
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Clear, substantive, accessible yet detailed, measured, charitable, extremely useful. Highly recommended.
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