“God as Friend”: Metaphoric Theology in Pastoral Care

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Abstract

Because of postmodernity's claim of deconstruction, the naming of God has become a crucial issue for a hermeneutics of pastoral care. Inadequate and inappropriate perceptions of God, because of specific experiences of faith, create unhelpful images of God which eventually lead to a “pathology of faith.” Taking into consideration the figurative means of symbolic language and its rootedness in culture, this article explores the possibility of the metaphor, “God as Friend, ” in order to move beyond the paradigm of the “suffering God” (theopaschitic theology) to the paradigm of the “faithful God”—God as our “Soul Friend.”

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