Newman Studies Journal

Volume 7, Issue 2, Fall 2010

Marcin Kuczok
Pages 29-40

Conceptual Metaphors for the Notion Of Christian Life in John Henry Newman’s Parochial and Plain Sermons

From the perspective of cognitive linguistics, metaphor is a way of thinking and understanding rather than an ornamental device used for aesthetic purposes. Conceptual metaphor constitutes a natural device for comprehending those areas of reality that exceed what is describable by literal terms, including especially the sphere of religious experiences. The purpose of this essay is to analyze the conceptual metaphors employed by John Henry Newman in the first volume of his Parochial and Plain Sermons (1834) as a way of explaining the transcendental character of the concept of Christian life.

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