Thesis Committee Member(s)
Regis College Senior Honors Program
Thesis - Open Access
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In Lumen Metaphoram, the main concern is with responding to Pope Francis' call in his first encyclical Lumen Fidei to 'spread the Gospel in new ways' through the application of metaphorical reality theory to the ways in which humankind creates meaning and connection through metaphor in everyday life, and thus how metaphorical structures construct meaning in a religious context. This is applied specially to the Roman Catholic Church in the twenty-first century. By analyzing the ways in which metaphorical reality theory has always been applicable in the tradition of the Church, this thesis delves into the ways in which an acceptance of metaphorical reality theory allows today's faithful to open up the Word of God in ways that broaden the scope of relateablility in ways that transcend the challenges of globalization, individualism and the literal mindset of scientism. In light of this, Lumen Metaphoram calls for a renewal of the use of modern poetry and prose in the evangelism of the Church's message, opening broader paths by which all of God's people may come to a closer, more mindful relationship with Him and His creation.
Date of Award
© Amber Koneval
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Koneval, Amber, "Lumen Metaphoram: Metaphorical Reality Theory and its Application to the Evangelization of the Modern Roman Catholic Church" (2013). Student Publications. 603.