Without Metaphor, No Saving God: Theology after Cognitive Linguistics

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Without Metaphor, No Saving God: Theology after Cognitive Linguistics

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Studies of conceptual and neural mapping in cognitive linguistics, while posing a fundamental challenge for religious belief, also suggest new ways of understanding how people conceptualize God and make theological inferences. This book, inspired by that research and attentive to the distinctive insights of Christian theology, elaborates an innovative explanation of God-talk, better able to credibly address confusion and controversies that trouble the church, academic theology, and broader culture. The first part analyzes both cognitive linguistics’ challenge to standard theological depictions of metaphorical, analogous, symbolic, and literal language, and the discipline’s promise for providing a more satisfactory account. The second half examines six case studies to illustrate how clarifying the conceptual mapping in God-talk and theological inferences provides a powerful tool for advancing religious understanding. The illustrations include the hypothesis that religion is an epiphenomenon of evolution, the so-called “new atheism,” Black theology, and controversies between theologians and Church authorities.

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9789042930193

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Peeters Publishers

City

Leuven

Disciplines

Religion

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

OVERVIEW BY CHAPTER

Part One: The Hypothesis

CHAPTER 1: MAPPING THE HYPOTHESIS

CHAPTER 2: HOW EMBODIED MIND CHANGES THE RELIGIOUS AND

THEOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE

CHAPTER 3: NEW MAPS FOR OLD

CHAPTER 4: DIFFERENT MAPS?

CHAPTER 5: REMAPPING CONCEPTUAL SPACE

CHAPTER 6: MAPPING & GOD

Part Two: Further Elaborations of the Hypothesis

CHAPTER 7: ANALOGY AS TECTONIC MAPPING IN AQUINAS

CHAPTER 8: THE CROSS BETWEEN ANALOGY & METAPHOR: AN

ECUMENICAL POSSIBILITY

Part Three: Applications

CHAPTER 9: HOW TECTONIC THEOLOGICAL MAPPING CHANGES THE

COGNITIVE LANDSCAPE: THE COGNITIVE SCIENCE OF

RELIGION

CHAPTER 10: GOD IS NOT A METAPHOR: ELIZABETH JOHNSON &

THE AMERICAN BISHOPS

CHAPTER 11: THE GOD DISTINCTION & THE NEW ATHEISTS

CHAPTER 12: SAVING GOD: SHEEHAN’S ATHEOLOGICAL READING OF

CHAPTER 13: THE CLASH OF CHRISTOLOGICAL SYMBOLS: ROGER

HAIGHT & THE VATICAN

Conclusion

CHAPTER 14: STRANGE FRUIT: STAPLE OF CHRISTIAN DISCLOSURE

BIBLIOGRAPHY

ILLUSTRATIONS

INDEX