Theological Fantasy: An Experiment in Narrative Hermeneutics and Ontology

Robert Paul Roth

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/1985

Issue: Imagination (Vol. 5, No 3, Summer, 1985)

What will it do to Christian theology if we substitute story as a category in place of all the philosophical metaphors and scientific models that have given intellectual shape to the Gospel? What will the doctrines of creation and redemption look like if we cast them in the form of story rather than any of the analogues previously used in the history of theology? Story is not the same as a philosophical root metaphor, nor is it the same as a scientific model, but could it do the work in the scheme of theology that these analogues have formerly tried to do, and do it better?

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