Metaphorical thinking and systematic theology | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 43, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



One of the most important discoveries of contemporary philosophy of language is the fact that metaphor is not merely a figure of speech but an essential characteristic of human thinking as such. This has important consequences for our understanding of all areas of human thought including scientific inquiry, religious belief and systematic theology. The main aim of this paper is to trace these consequences for the nature and task of systematic theology. Before doing that, however, an explanation is provided of the sense in which human thought is metaphorical, and of the way this fact manifests itself in scientific inquiry and in religious belief.


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