Imagining God: Theology and the Religious Imagination

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1998 - Religion - 179 pages
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This is a new kind of theological book-one that respects and affirms how important the secular study of religion is to Christian theology. In Imagining God Garrett Green presents an original interpretation of the nature of imagination that resolves the longstanding dichotomy between religious and scientific truth by conceiving imagination as the "point of contact" between divine revelation and human experience. Through a critical examination of the historical relationship between theology and religious imagination, Green outlines a constructive theology that views imagination as a means of making contemporary sense of God and Scripture without violating traditional Christian doctrine.
 

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RELIGION AS IMAGINATION IN MODERN THOUGHT
9
A THEOLOGICAL DILEMMA NATURAL THEOLOGY OR POSITIVISM OF REVELATION
28
THE PRIORITY OF PARADIGMS CLUES FROM THE NATURAL SCIENCES
41
RELIGION AND THE PARADIGMATIC IMAGINATION
61
THE CHRISTIAN IMAGINATION
81
THE IMAGE OF GOD THE MEANING OF REVELATION
83
THE NORMATIVE VISION THE FUNCTION OF SCRIPTURE
105
THE FAITHFUL IMAGINATION THE TASK OF THEOLOGY
126
Notes
153
Index of Names and Subjects
175
Index of Scripture References
180
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Page 20 - Imagination ; of that reconciling and mediatory power, which incorporating the reason in Images of the Sense, and organising (as it were) the flux of the Senses by the permanence and self-circling energies of the Reason, gives birth to a system of symbols, harmonious in themselves, and consubstantial with the truths, of which they are the conductors.
Page 26 - All religion, however, is nothing but the fantastic reflection in men's minds of those external forces which control their daily life, a reflection in which the terrestrial forces assume the form of supernatural forces.
Page 18 - The primary IMAGINATION I hold to be the living power and prime Agent of all human Perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I AM.

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