Academic journal article Theological Studies

Sally McFague: Collected Readings

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Sally McFague: Collected Readings

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Sally McFague: Collected Readings. By David B. Lott. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013. Pp. xxix + 273. $34.

Lott's accessible, well-organized volume invites the reader to follow Sally McFague's theological journey seeking new ways to express and respond to divine love. As she argues, metaphor is essential--in fact, it is the "only legitimate way of speaking of the incursion of the divine into history" (20). Accompanying McFague's own "Religious Autobiography," L. offers a helpful introduction, a biographical sketch, as well as explanatory paragraphs preceding each essay.

McFague's creative style and willingness to risk what she calls a "trial run" (3) are evident in these explorations of parables, metaphors, and models for the divine. Arguing that monarchical metaphors justify neoclassical individualism and anthropocentric estrangement from the earth, McFague's signature ecofeminist insight is to conceive of the relationship of God and the world with the embodied models of the "womb" and the "Body of God."

The essays evidence her gift for metaphorical analysis and sacramental sensibility. Further, they reveal the power of theological and literary interpretation literally to renew those who receive a new vision and align themselves with the new "logic of grace" instead of the "old logic of everydayness" (19)--and are themselves interpreted by it. …

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