Reading Guides, VOLUME 12

Sallie McFague – Intro Reading Guide

Sallie McFague Reading Guide

Theologian Sallie McFague died on November 15. She was one of the most extraordinary theological thinkers on ecology and climate change. In remembrance of Sallie McFague we offer this introductory reading guide to her work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

*** Sallie McFague is one of 
Ten Women Theologians
that You Should be Reading 


1)  Models of God: Theology for an Ecological, Nuclear Age

“In the closing pages of my last book, Metaphorical Theology, I experimented with the model of God as friend in an attempt to address the issues of idolatry and irrelevance leveled against the patriarchal imagery of the Christian tradition… Since writing that book I have come to see patriarchal as well as imperialistic, triumphalist metaphors for God in an increasingly grim light: this language is not only idolatrous and irrelevant… but it may also work against the continuation of life on our planet… If a case can be made… that traditional imperialistic imagery for god is opposed to life, its continuation and fulfillment, then we must give serious attention to alternatives. It is this I propose to do in these pages.”  (from the preface)

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