Theology in the Flesh: How Embodiment and Culture Shape the Way We Think about Truth, Morality, and God.

This book was published August 2016 by Fortress Press.

The Table of Contents:

Part 1 The Basics of Cognitive Linguistics

Chapter Two: Embodiment, Categories, Frames, and Idealized Cognitive Models

Chapter Three: Metaphors, Metonymy, and Blending and Other Conceptual Structures

Part 2 Truth, Meaning, and Morality in Light of Embodiment and Culture

Chapter Four: Truth

  1. The Many Meanings of Truth
  2. Human Embodiment and Truth
  3. Can We Have Objective Truth?
  4. Panhuman Truth
    • Assorted panhuman and widespread concepts
    • Panhuman Concepts of Time

Chapter Five: Meaning in Community

  1. Contexts of Meaning
  2. Literal Versus Metaphor in The Bible and Theology
  3. How Christians Revise and Reject Biblical Teachings

Chapter Six: Moral Reasoning

  1. Morality and Embodiment
  2. Morality and Conceptual Metaphors
    • Metaphors Matter in Moral Reasoning
    • America’s Two Main Gods and Moral Politics
  3. Prototypes and Morality
    • Can It Be Right to Lie?
    • Moral Exemplars and the Christian Life
  4. Cultural Frames and Variation in Christian Moral Reasoning
  5. The Bible, Culture, and the Need for Humility

Part 3 How Christians Reason About Theological Topics, the Bible, and God

Chapter Seven: Christian Doctrines

  1. Metaphors for Sin
  2. Metaphors for Salvation
  3. Reflections on Sin and Salvation
  4. Divine Judgment
  5. Metaphors for Church
  6. The Trinity as a Conceptual Blend
  7. The Category Christian as Prototype

Chapter Eight: Reading the Bible

  1. Image Schemas
  2. Frames
  3. Conceptual Metaphors
    • Various Biblical Metaphors
    • Moral Accounting
    • The Journey/Path
    • Biblical Metaphors for God
    • Principles Governing Metaphor Use
  4. Metonymy
  5. Conceptual Blending
  6. Special Focus: Emotions
    • Emotions and Cultural Understanding
    • Anger
    • Distress

Chapter Nine: Conceiving God

  1. Human Thinking About God
  2. God and Metaphor
  3. Anthropomorphism
  4. The Apophatic Way
  5. Divine Transcendence
  6. Being and God
  7. Are Christians Idolaters?
  8. A Shared Frame for God and Creatures
  9. Literality and God
  10. What Is Considered Appropriate For God?
  11. Support for Thinking of God as an Agent

John Sanders

John E. Sanders is an American theologian who is a professor of religious studies at Hendrix College. He has published on four main topics: (1) open theism, (2) Christian views on the salvation of non-Christians, (3) Christian views on the nature of hell, and (4) applying cognitive linguistics to theology.

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