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Keith Ward

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263937

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263937.001.0001

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Metaphor and Analogy

Metaphor and Analogy

(p.129) 6 Metaphor and Analogy
Religion and Creation

Keith Ward

Oxford University Press

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

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