metaphor

Beyond Literal Truth and Mere Metaphor

Question: 
Is there a middle path between seeing process theology as literal truth and mere metaphor?
Publication Month: 
September 2012
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

This question rightly points to the wide range of positions of process thinkers. In an earlier generation Charles Hartshorne sometimes said that some key terms apply literally to God and only metaphorically to human beings! An example is “knows.” When we say that God “knows,” we speak literally. When we say that we “know,” we do not. That is because the idea of knowing is such that what is known cannot be otherwise than as it is known. Human “knowing” does not guarantee that reality is as we “know” it. Only God’s “knowing” can do that.

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