God And The Creative Imagination

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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: 9/16/1999
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
1 Speaking of God in the language of the imagination 3
2 The fate of the imagination in modernity 14
3 The fate of the imagination in postmodernity 23
4 Affirming the truth of imagination: The alternative tradition 30
5 The world of biblical imagination 49
6 Creative theology and the making of doctrine 68
7 Imagination and the adventure of faith 78
8 Liturgy as literature 83
9 Metaphor 93
10 Symbol 103
11 Myth 114
12 Critical realism 137
13 Symbolic realism 152
14 Mythic realism 158
Bibliography 175
Name index 186
Subject index 190
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