Monday, June 11, 2012

Sallie McFague on Metaphor

"The modern post-Cartesian split of mind and body is radically anti-Christian: meaning and truth for human beings are embodied, hence embodied language, metaphorical language, is the most appropriate way - perhaps the only way - to suggest this meaning and truth. The multiplication table, and, we might add, the conceptual clarity of doctrinal creeds or theological propositions, are not more true for human beings than the myth of the fall or the parable of the Prodigal Son. Metaphorical language is a mirror of our own constitution: the unity of body and soul, outer and inner, familiar and unfamiliar, known and unknown. Metaphorical language conveys meaning through the body of the world." 
- Sallie McFague, Speaking in Parables *

*This book can be read online for free. Click here.

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