Thursday, March 08, 2012

Quote for the Day: On "Playing Safe" with Biblical Metaphors

"There are many today who would prefer to dispense altogether with the language of sacrifice and of warfare, the first because of squeamishness and unfamiliarity, the second because it is all too familiar and demonstrably too easy to take with a literlness that negates its true intention. But religion and morality are not best served by those who play safe, particularly when playing safe entails the disregard of powerful human impulses which by a bold use of metaphor may be tamed and harnessed." (George Caird, The Language and Imagery of the Bible, p 18)


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