Finding Your Religious Metaphor - Do Your Symbols Equal Your Faith?

Speaker: Categories: Oct 13, 1984


[1hr, 1min, 54sec / 38min, 56sec]


Dr. Rice has sent us the following stimulator questions relating to his topic:

1. Are ideas or feelings more important to our religious experience?

2. What is your fundamental symbol, "feeling-impression," of your life as a Christian? Are you

one of God's children,

a sheep in His pasture,

a soldier in His army,

a worker in His vineyard,

or what?

3. What is your fundamental symbol for the Church? Do you tend to think of it as

a fortress,

a ship,

a club,

a school,

or what?

4. How did you acquire these basic personal and corporate religious symbols?

When is it desirable to change them?

Is it possible to do so?


Dr. Rice was born and raised in the Loma Linda area and received his undergraduate work at the University. He has an M.Div. from Andrews University (1969), an M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1974) from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has been a pastor in Southeastern California for two years and has taught theology at Loma Linda since 1974 where he is currently a professor.

Mrs. Rice is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Lorna Linda University and the couple have two children, ages 8 and 11.

Dr. Rice is also an author of numerous articles, but is best known for his scholarly, but somewhat controversial book, The Openness of God.


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