Speaking in Parables

Speaking in Parables

by Sallie McFague


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About the Author:
Sallie McFague was the Carpenter Professor of Theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780334028741
Publisher: SCM Press Limited
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Part I
A Trial Run: Parable, Poem, and Autobiographical Story     10
The Prodigal Son     12
God's Grandeur     17
The Peach-Seed Monkey     20
Forms of Religious Reflection and the Tradition     26
The Near Tradition: Contemporary Theology     30
The Far Tradition: The New Testament     35
Metaphorical Language and Theological Reflection     38
Metaphor: The Heart of the Matter     43
Poetic Metaphor     47
Radical Metaphor     50
Metaphor as Human Movement     56
The Parable: The Primary Form     66
Parables as Metaphors     72
Parable and Theology     80
Part II
The Poem: Language of Insight     92
Christian Poetry     95
Non-Christian Poetry     115
The Story: Coming to Belief     119
Parabolic Novels     127
Theology and Story     138
Autobiography: The Unity of Life and Thought     145
The Art of Autobiography     151
Religious Autobiographies     157
Paul     158
Augustine     162
John Woolman     165
Sam Keen     169
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin     173
Conclusion     175
Index     184

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