This talk uses cognitive linguistics which affirms the embodied mind approach gaining ground in cognitive science to consider natural kinds. The claim is that humans use a basic mental tool set grounded in our sensorimotor capacities to reason about entities we interact with in our environment. The specific nature of the human body is key to understanding how humans cognize. I will examine several of these tools and show how they are used to construe natural kinds as well as God.
Video on Nurturing versus Authoritative religion
It is common to believe that God “transcends” the sorts of limitations that we creatures have. We tend to think of God as above or beyond the created realm. The words “above” and “beyond” are common human spatial terms and are used to “elevate” the divine majesty. Some theologians use above and beyond to argue […]
The Bible contains over fifty different metaphors for understanding who God is and our relationship to God. Some of these are: husband, woman, shepherd, potter, bear, eagle, and rock. The metaphors structure how humans construe the types of relations and expected behaviors we have with God. For instance, thinking of God as a father involves […]
Ways to understand divine transcendence and being
Did God command genocide and commit violence against people?
How embodiment and culture shape the way we think of God.
Explains some basics of cognitive linguistics and focuses on conceptual metaphor theory to show the mental tools humans employ to think about God.
A brief overview of different Christian views written for lay people.
The debate over literal versus metaphorical biblical texts in evangelicalism and Mormonism. Suggests that conceptual metaphor theory is a superior way of dealing with biblical metaphors for God than the way Mormons and many evangelicals do.