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Metaphor and Analogy

Keith Ward

in Religion and Creation

Published in print June 1996 | ISBN: 9780198263937
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682681 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263937.003.0006
Metaphor and Analogy

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Many metaphors can be used to help the mind to create images of God which inspire devotion and a practical response. But it is not the case that all talk of God must be metaphorical or symbolic. Even though the divine being in itself must remain beyond the grasp of the human mind, there are still many literal statements which are true of it in its relation to the created universe. If the theist is committed to speaking of God, as a reality of supreme power and value, the theist is also committed to providing some literal, if analogical, description of the reality of God. What theologians like Paul Tillich fear is that the concept of God provided by speculation will be so inadequate to its object, so anthropomorphic, that it will be positively misleading.

Keywords: metaphor; analogy; theist; theology; Paul Tillich; divine reality

Chapter.  11331 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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