Metaphor, religious language, and religious experience

Sophia 46 (2):127-145 (2007)

Victoria S. Harrison
University of Macau
Is it possible to talk about God without either misrepresentation or failing to assert anything of significance? The article begins by reviewing how, in attempting to answer this question, traditional theories of religious language have failed to sidestep both potential pitfalls adequately. After arguing that recently developed theories of metaphor seem better able to shed light on the nature of religious language, it considers the claim that huge areas of our language and, consequently, of our experience are shaped by metaphors. Finally, it considers some of the more significant implications of this claim for our understanding of both religious language and religious experience.
Keywords Metaphor  Religious language  God  Religious experience
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DOI 10.1007/s11841-007-0018-3
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