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God Is Not a Story: Realism Revisited

Francesca Aran Murphy


The book argues that the contemporary theological practice of describing Christian doctrines or beliefs as ‘narratives’ or ‘stories’ leads to a non-realistic idea of God, that is, to conceiving God as a story or narrative invented by ourselves. The idea that doctrines are narratives derives from an emphasis on the method of theology, that is, the substitution of a self-reflective description of how we know about God for saying what God is. The aspect of how we know about God upon which descriptive or narrative theologies focus is visual, and hence we characterize such theologies as cinematic o ... More

Keywords: story, love, visual, cinematic, fideism, rationalism, method, Trinity, evil, history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199219285
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219285.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francesca Aran Murphy, author
Reader in Systematic Theology, University of Aberdeen