Imagining God

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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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Heythrop Journal
A tightly argued analysis of the religious imagination, and the way it can act as a 'contact point' between the human and the divine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802844842
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/12/1998
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 0.45 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

    PART I. Religious Imagination Reconsidered

  2. Religion as Imagination in Modern Thought
  3. Modern Ambivalence About Religion
    From Kant to the Romantics
    The Critics of the Hegelian Left
    Religious Imagination and Modern Atheism

  4. A Theological Dilemma: "Natural Theology" or "Positivism of Revelation"
  5. The Debate About Nature and Grace
    Resolving the Theological Dilemma

  6. The Priority of Paradigms: Clues from the Natural Sciences
  7. Imagination as Anknüpfungspunkt
    Imagination in Science and Religion
    The Discovery of Paradigms in Science
    The Priority of the Paradigm
    The Logic of Paradigm Change

  8. Religion and the Paradigmatic Imagination
  9. The Grammar of Imagination
    Imagination as Paradigmatic
    Imagination and Interpretation
    Overcoming "Mesocosmic Parochialism"
    Religious Imagination

    PART II. The Christian Imagination

  10. The Image of God: The Meaning of Revelation
  11. Imagination and the "Image of God"
    Sin and the Image of God
    Idols, Icons, and Images: An Excursus
    Christ as the Image of God
    Imitation and Imagination

  12. The Normative Vision: The Function of Scripture
  13. Calvin's Spectacles: The Inspiration of Scripture
    The "Shape of the Mystery": The Unity of Scripture
    The Classic Rendition: The Authority of Scripture
    Focusing the Christian Imagination

  14. The Faithful Imagination: The Task of Theology
  15. Metaphor, Imagination, and Theology
    Fact, Fiction, and Scriptural Truth
    Fideism and the Faithful Imagination
    The Hermeneutics of the Cross
    The Theory and Practice of Imagination

    Index of Names and Subjects
    Index of Scripture References

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