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God and Mystery in WordsExperience through Metaphor and Drama$
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David Brown

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231836

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231836.001.0001

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Metaphor and Disclosure

Metaphor and Disclosure

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(p.44) 2 Metaphor and Disclosure
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God and Mystery in Words
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David Brown (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231836.003.0003

This chapter examines how poets have found in metaphor an obvious point of contact with religion, despite the tendency of so many theologians and believers to seek reduction to the literal. It explores the rich, often hidden potential of metaphor to establish hitherto unperceived connections, then more specifically at how divine presence is mediated through them. It concludes with some thoughts on the deleterious consequences of modern reductionism.

Keywords:   religion, poets, modern reductionism, literal, divine presence

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