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Without metaphor, no saving God : theology after cognitive linguistics

Author: Robert Masson, (Professor of Philosophical Theology)
Publisher: Leuven, Belgium : Peeters, 2014.
Series: Studies in philosophical theology, 54.
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Masson, (Professor of Philosophical Theology)
ISBN: 9789042930193 9042930195
OCLC Number: 871641764
Description: xvi, 331 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part One. The hypothesis. Mapping the hypothesis --
How embodied mind changes the religious and theological landscape --
New maps for old --
Different maps? --
Remapping conceptual space --
Mapping & God --
Part Two. Further elaborations of the hypothesis. Analogy as tectonic mapping in Aquinas --
The cross between analogy & metaphor : an ecumenical possibility --
Part Three. Applications. How tectonic theological mapping changes the cognitive landscape : the cognitive science of religion --
God is not a metaphor : Elizabeth Johnson & the American bishops --
The God distinction & the new atheists --
Saving God : Sheehan's atheological reading of Jesus & Rahner --
The clash of Christological symbols : Roger Haight & the Vatican --
Conclusion. Strange fruit : staple of Christian disclosure.
Series Title: Studies in philosophical theology, 54.
Responsibility: by Robert Masson.

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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."--Page 4 of cover.

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