God And The Creative Imagination

God And The Creative Imagination

by Paul Avis, Avis Paul
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415215021

ISBN-13: 9780415215022

Pub. Date: 09/16/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

'A mere metaphor', 'only symbolic', 'just a myth' - these tell tale phrases reveal how figurative language has been cheapened and devalued in our modern and postmodern culture. In God and the Creative Imagination, Paul Avis argues the contrary: we see that actually, metaphor, symbol and myth, are the key to a real knowledge of God and the sacred.

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Overview

'A mere metaphor', 'only symbolic', 'just a myth' - these tell tale phrases reveal how figurative language has been cheapened and devalued in our modern and postmodern culture. In God and the Creative Imagination, Paul Avis argues the contrary: we see that actually, metaphor, symbol and myth, are the key to a real knowledge of God and the sacred. Avis examines what he calls an alternative tradition, stemming from the Romantic poets Blake, Wordsworth and Keats and drawing on the thought of Cleridge and Newman, and experience in both modern philosophy and science.
God and the Creative Imagination intriguingly draws on a number of non-theological disciplines, from literature to philosophy of science, to show us that God is appropriately likened to an artist or poet and that the greatest truths are expressed in an imaginative form.
Anyone wishing to further their understanding of God, belief and the imagination will find this an inspiring work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415215022
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/16/1999
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1340L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
1Speaking of God in the language of the imagination3
2The fate of the imagination in modernity14
3The fate of the imagination in postmodernity23
4Affirming the truth of imagination: The alternative tradition30
5The world of biblical imagination49
6Creative theology and the making of doctrine68
7Imagination and the adventure of faith78
8Liturgy as literature83
9Metaphor93
10Symbol103
11Myth114
12Critical realism137
13Symbolic realism152
14Mythic realism158
Bibliography175
Name index186
Subject index190

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