The metaphorical theology of Sallie McFague an exploratory study
Gwyn, Q. Hugh J
Sallie McFague, an American theologian, has developed a metaphorical theology during the last 35 years. Her fundamental critique is that the language and dominant metaphors that are used in theology to talk of God in relation to the world are no longer meaningful or significant today. Her basic methodology is to use scripture, tradition, feminist insights, process thought and experience as the basis for advancing her theology. Her premises arose primarily from her perception of the oppression of women, men and the rest of living and non-living creation arising from dominant hierarchal dualisms. Creation has been commodified in the neo-classical economic model. She proposes the alternative metaphors of mother, lover and friend to describe our relation with God and a model of Creation as God's Body to underpin our understanding of our relationship to creation. This is essentially congruent with the present evolutionary cosmological model of the universe. It means that we are both utterly dependent on the world, living and inanimate, and that we can no longer look upon it as other; because as God's body, God is both transcendent and radically immanent in creation, our present home where we must be actors in it as well and not tourists - temporary residents.