Christian theology has suffered in modern times from an inability to explain its traditional reliance on metaphor to an audience intellectually formed by empiricism. The author argues that what is needed is not a more "literal" theology, but a better understanding of metaphor. Soskice offers here an account of metaphor and religious language that not only illuminates the way in which theists speak of God, but also contributes to our understanding of the workings of metaphor in scientific theory and other disciplines.
`Christian theologians owe Dr Janet Martin Soskice a great debt of gratitude for her fine book' Journal of Theological Studies
`The book would be very useful ... to readers who are interested in metaphor as such quite apart from the possible implications for religious discourse.' The Modern Churchman
`This is a scholarly and human book. It can heal any feeling of division between literature on the one hand and philosophy or theology on the other.'