Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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Sallie McFague has spent the entirety of her long teaching and publishingcareer exploring the relationship between God and the world, showing us thattheology indeed matters. This is, as she says, what theologians do. Yet, inMcFague?s case, it has led her to explore how God and the world are inseparablefrom one another: how God is implicated as we seek to understand the world...
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Prologue: A Religious Autobiography
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In this personal reflection from Life Abundant (2001), Sallie McFague gives us aglimpseintoherownreligiousandtheologicaldevelopmentuptotheperiodjustpriortoherretirementfromVanderbiltDivinitySchool.Listeningcarefully,readerswillhearthe four ?conversion experiences? described here echoed in the twenty-plus selectionsthatfollowthisprologue.Assuch,justas?ATrialRun?(ch.1,below)setthestage...
The Language of Theology: Parables, Metaphors, and Models
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A Trial Run: Parable, Poem, and Autobiographical Story
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SallieMcFague?sfirstmajorbook, Speaking in Parables (1976)introducesherearlyconcernwithexploringtheologicaldiscourseandhowthatarisesoutofvariousliteraryforms.Shenotesattheoutsetofthebook?sintroduction,?Thepurposeoftheologyistomakeitpossibleforthegospeltobeheardinourtime?(1).GiventhatMcFaguerarelyusessuch?gospel?languageinherlaterwork,thisstatementsoundssurprisingly...
Parables as Metaphors
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Thisselectionfromchapter4of Speaking in Parables fleshesoutsomeoftheideasintroducedinthepreviouschapterregardingparables,andgivesasenseofMcFague?sdeveloping biblical hermeneutic. Whereas earlier she delved into the parable of theProdigal Son, in this chapter she focuses more on the parable of the Wedding Feast(Matt.22:1-10).Itisherealsothatsheintroducesustoherearlychristologicalconcept...
Creeds: Models or Dogmas
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In McFague?s second book, Metaphorical Theology (1982), she deepens herexplorationofmetaphortoworkmorewithmodels,whichshedefinesas?systematicand relatively permanent metaphors? that serve as a ?critical link between parables. . . and conceptual language, which orders, analyzes, and criticizes the images of atradition in a logical and comprehensive fashion. . . . like metaphors, [they] retain...
God as Mother, Lover, and Friend
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SallieMcFaguecloses Metaphorical Theology withacritiqueofthemodelofGodasfather,demonstratinghowfeministtheologyhassoughtnew,moreinclusivemodelsof God, and offering up the model of God as friend as a possible alternative. Thissearch forms the core of her third book, Models of God (1987), which extends theworkontheologicallanguagebeguninherfirsttwovolumeswithanewurgencyin...
A Meditation on Exodus 33:23b
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The metaphor of the world as God?s body that McFague introduces in Models ofGod forms the core for her fourth book, The Body of God (1993). Here onceagain the God-world relationship is key to her argument, and she analyzes thefourmajormodelsforthisconnection:thedeistic,themonarchical,theagential,and,most importantly, the organic. However, the organic model that she introduces here...
Theology and Spirituality: Metaphorical, Ecological, and Kenotic Approaches
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Part 1 of this book examined parables, metaphors, and models as key elements oftheological discourse, closing with some key examples of specific models that mightrevitalize Christian thought. In part 2, the focus shifts to consider more how theseelements ?fund theology,? asMcFagueputs itbelow. This section fromchapter 1ofMetaphorical Theology reintroducesmanyoftheideasanddefinitionsintroducedin...
Metaphors, Models, and Concepts
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ThisselectionfromModels of Godreiteratessomeoftheideasinthepreviouschapter.However, where that piece worked mostly from theoretical sources, here McFaguedrawsmorefromothertheologianstomakethecaseformetaphoricaltheologyasanappropriateconstructiveapproachforourtime.Itisparticularlyinterestingtoseeherbriefly engage Paul Tillich and her teacher, Gordon Kaufman, here. While both are...
Theology of Nature: Remythologizing Christian Doctrine
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The introduction to chapter 5 above introduces the organic model that is at thecore of The Body of God as well as most of her subsequent books. In her earlierwork,mostnotably Models of God, McFaguediscussestheneedforremythologizingour understandings of God. Here she extends that work of remythologizing to ourunderstandings of nature by stressing the necessity of taking seriously the common...
Consider the Lilies of the Field
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Intheprefaceto Super, Natural Christians (1998),McFaguedescribesthebookas?thelastinaseriesoffourbooksonreligiouslanguage?(2).Inretrospect,however,thisvolumeholdsalessdefinedplaceinheroeuvrethanwhatshesuggeststhere;onemightjust as easily see her first four books as the series on religious language and Super,Natural Christians asherturntofocusingespeciallyonecology,whichcontinuesthen...
The Ecological Model and Christian Spirituality
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This selection, from the final chapter of Super, Natural Christians, deepens andexpandsuponsomeoftheideasintroducedinthepreviouschapter,above.Itexplainshowtheorganic,ecologicalmodeltranslatesintoaChristianpraxisandspiritualityofnature.Offeringa?community-of-care?ethic,itsuggestssomeinitialwaysinwhichourloveofnatureandecologicalconcernmightbeenactedamongChristiansandin...
How Shall We Live? Christianity and Planetary Economics
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In1993,McFaguepublishedLife Abundant: Rethinking Theology and Economyfor a Planet in Peril, noting in the preface, ?After completing Super, NaturalChristians, subtitled How We Should Love Nature,Irealizedthatlovewasnotenough. I realized that we middle-class North American Christians are destroyingnature,notbecausewedonotloveit,butbecauseofthewaywelive:ourordinary,...
A Spirituality for the Whole Planet / Kenotic Theology
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SallieMcFague?smostrecentbook, Blessed Are the Consumers: Climate Changeand the Practice of Restraint (2013) is built around the Christian concept ofkenosis?orself-emptying,commonlyassociatedwithJesus?self-sacrifice?aideashebegan to work with in A New Climate for Theology. Here the idea is appliedespeciallytohowwearecalledtoliveintheworldinthecontextofclimatechangeand...
Constructing Theology: God, Humans, and the World
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The Christian Paradigm
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ThisselectionfromModels of GodstepsbackintotheworldofparableandmetaphortoexplorehowametaphoricalapproachmightchangehowweunderstandandpracticeChristianfaith.TheearlierexplorationofJesus?parablesishereputintoservicetosetforthanewunderstandingofJesushimselfandofhisministry,focusedparticularlyonthoseparables,hispracticeoftablefellowship,andthecross,as?aparadigmofGod?s...
Sin: The Refusal to Accept Our Place
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The ecological theology and embrace of the common creation story that takes centerstage in The Body of God is given perhaps its most powerful and importantexpressioninthisselectiononsin.HereMcFagueshowshowtheclassicalChristianunderstanding, which privileges sin against God, is not contradicted but is deepenedbythisecologicalperspective,asitallowsustounderstandsinagainstotherhumans,...
Human Existence in the Spirit
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This brief selection, and the next two chapters, are excerpted from Life Abundant(2001),butareofferedhereinthereverseorderfromhowtheyappearedintheoriginalcontext.Presentedthisway,thischapternotonlyreiteratessomeofwhathasalreadybeen discussed but also anticipates what follows (though some readers may want tojumpaheadtwochaptersandreadbackward).So,theunderstandingofsin?andthus...
Christ and the Ecological Economic Worldview
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God and the World
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It may seem odd to conclude this series of excerpts from Life Abundant with aselection that argues ?If reality is defined by God, it makes sense to begin withGod.?Butthisspiralingbackwardthroughthismaterial?McFague?smostextendedsystematicworkoutsideofThe Body of God?setsupwellthefinalthreechaptersofthisanthology,whichrepresentMcFague?smostrecentthoughtsonGod,anthropology,...
“The Dearest Freshness Deep Down Things”: The Holy Spirit and Climate Change
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Having worked through McFague?s detailed theological thoughts on anthropology,Christology, and God in the previous three chapters, this excerpt, the final chapterin A New Climate for Theology (2008), reconsiders the identity of God and ofhumans in light of the crisis of climate change. What is new here?or at least, hasnot featured prominently in earlier selections?is McFague?s understanding of the...
Who Are We Human Beings?
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This selection, from the final chapter of McFague?s latest book, Blessed Are theConsumers,bringstogetheranumberofstrandsfromearlierwritingsandaddssomenew textures. In Life Abundant, she writes of God?reality?as love. Here, sheexpandsthistospeakofGodas kenotic love,inkeepingwiththeoverallemphasisofthisvolume.Moreover,hearkeningbacktoMetaphorical Theology andModelsof...
Falling in Love with God and the World: Some Reflections on the Doctrine of God
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This final selection, a 2013 essay that appears in Ecumenical Review, in manyways summarizes much of what has been covered in this volume and brings it fullcircle.WehearmoreoftheautobiographicalexperiencesthathaveshapedMcFague?sunderstandings of God, including references to such influences as Karl Barth andTeilhard de Chardin. Issues of panentheism, the problems with traditional...
Index of Names and Subjects
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Publication Year: 2013