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Human thinking about God and God’s relationship with creatures draws upon ordinary ways of conceptualizing. Cognitive linguistics, a subfield of cognitive science, has produced a number of very valuable insights about how common embodied experience shape the way we think about anything, including God. These insights have not yet been applied in a thorough fashion to theological discourse. This study will result in a monograph that applies ideas such as basic-level image schemas, conceptual metaphor theory, prototype theory, and radial categories to topics such as God, atonement, and moral issues. An important goal of the study is to show that there are no definitive ways of conceptualizing these topics but only ways that are better or worse depending upon what one is attempting to achieve. Hopefully, this study will enable Christians to better appreciate the finite nature of our conceptual processes. If so, then one of the enduring affects will be to enable evangelicals to become more open minded without feeling that they have sacrificed the core of what they affirm. This could help bring about a more civil dialogue not only in theology but in other areas of discourse.