Metaphor and Theological Realism

In this paper, I argue that there are indispensable and irreducible metaphors in religious language and that this does not threaten a realist interpretation of religion. I first sketch a realist theory of religious language and argue that we cannot avoid addressing the problems metaphor poses to sem...

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Published in:European journal for philosophy of religion
Main Author: Gäb, Sebastian 1982-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: University of Innsbruck in cooperation with the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Birmingham [2014]
In: European journal for philosophy of religion
Year: 2014, Volume: 6, Issue: 1, Pages: 79-92
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Theology / Religious language / Metaphor / Realism / Religious pluralism
IxTheo Classification:AB Philosophy of religion; criticism of religion; atheism
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Summary:In this paper, I argue that there are indispensable and irreducible metaphors in religious language and that this does not threaten a realist interpretation of religion. I first sketch a realist theory of religious language and argue that we cannot avoid addressing the problems metaphor poses to semantics. I then give a brief account of what it means for a metaphorical sentence to be true and how metaphors can refer to something even if what they mean is not expressible in literal terms. Finally, I discuss how this realist theory of metaphor influences our understanding of negative theology and gives a new perspective on religious pluralism.
Contains:Enthalten in: European journal for philosophy of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.24204/ejpr.v6i1.192