Baby Theology-Metaphor

One of the great joys of fatherhood is learning so much theology from watching our little boys. Athanasius (2) recently took to seeing animals and objects in the clouds. The funny thing is we had never taught him this, or suggested it. My conclusion: we are born metaphor-makers. It is a design feature to look at one thing and see another in it. Metaphor-making is a (if not the) primary way of human knowing/naming the world; apparently it starts at age 2.

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4 thoughts on “Baby Theology-Metaphor

  1. Maybe he is trying to identify what he is unfamiliar with by those things which are “known” to him and which he has previously identified. Trying to explain the unknown by the known, while understanding of course that the cloud that is shaped like a dog does not say “woof”.

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