Cultural Studies

Plato’s Cave, Hymnody, and Metaphor Theory

Plato’s Cave, Hymnody, and Metaphor Theory

Editor’s Note Deaconess Ruth McDonnell shows her skill with metaphor and her interest in the worship life of the Church with this, her first article as a guest contributor.  She presented this two-part blog as a single paper at a regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Ruth brings a complex view of metaphor […]

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A BATTLE

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A BATTLE

From Brazilian Culture to Biblical Thinking In the first part of this blog, we took a look at how the Brazilian culture thinks about, speaks of, and experiences LIFE in terms of BATTLE. This structured way of thinking, speaking, and experiencing is also one way Christians conceive of discipleship or LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. According to David […]

The Brazilian Metaphor LIFE IS A BATTLE

The Brazilian Metaphor LIFE IS A BATTLE

Editor’s Note This article–the first by guest contributor Samuel Fuhrmann–is an excellent example of applying the metaphor theory proposed on this blog to both theology and culture. Samuel notices the way people talk (and think/evaluate/make decisions) in his Brazilian culture and uses these observations to think about how our theology can be preached and lived […]

Basic Metaphor Theory

Basic Metaphor Theory

Metaphor theory has exploded since the early 1970’s, making it both an exciting and frustrating field of study, since different theorists rarely use the same technical terms or definitions. (For a [very] detailed overview of a variety of approaches to metaphor, see the Appendix to my dissertation, available here: Describing the Duality of Metaphor. Manufacturer’s Warning: […]

Outreach and Journey

Outreach and Journey

 Conceptual Metaphor in Speaking of Jesus, Part 3 Speaking of Jesus intends to move Christians beyond thinking of non-Christians as “the enemy” and of salvation as “crossing a boundary line;” instead, Medearis wants people not only to speak of, but also to follow Jesus. This view of the Christian faith—faith as following Jesus—inherently embodies a […]

Outreach and Containers

Outreach and Containers

Conceptual Metaphors in Speaking of Jesus, Part 2 In part 1 of this blog, we considered the conceptual metaphor ARGUMENT IS WAR in the book Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism by Carl Medearis. This blog picks up where part 1 left off, with the discussion of a second conceptual metaphor that often guides our experience […]

Outreach and Warfare

Outreach and Warfare

Conceptual Metaphors in Speaking of Jesus, Part 1 Introduction The way we talk reflects the way we think. In fact, for contemporary metaphor theory, metaphor is primarily a function of thought and perception, and only secondarily a matter of words or language. In significant and ubiquitous ways, we live our lives in terms of metaphor. […]