Imagining Theology: Encounters with God in Scripture, Interpretation, and Aesthetics

Imagining Theology: Encounters with God in Scripture, Interpretation, and Aesthetics

by Garrett Green

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The imagination is where the Creator chooses to meet his creatures, says renowned theologian Garrett Green. The Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit set the imagination free for genuine and creative knowledge of God, the world, others, and the self. Green explains that theology is best understood as human imagination faithfully conformed to the Bible as the paradigmatic key to the Christian gospel. He unpacks the implications of the imagination for a variety of theological issues, such as interpretation, aesthetics, eschatology, and the relationship between church and culture.

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ISBN-13: 9781493422548
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Garrett Green (PhD, Yale University) is Class of 1943 Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, where he has taught for over four decades. He is the author of several books, including Imagining God: Theology and the Religious Imagination.

Table of Contents


1. Toward a Normative Christian Imagination
Part 1: Imagination and Theological Hermeneutics
2. Myth, History, and Imagination: The Creation Narratives in the Bible and Theology
3. Who's Afraid of Ludwig Feuerbach? Suspicion and the Religious Imagination
4. The Crisis of Mainline Christianity and the Liberal Failure of Imagination
5. Hans Frei and the Hermeneutics of the Second Naïveté
Part 2: Metaphor, Aesthetics, and Gender
6. The Mirror, the Lamp, and the Lens: On the Limits of Imagination
7. Barth on Beauty: The Ambivalence of Reformed Aesthetics
8. The Gender of God and the Theology of Metaphor
Part 3: Modernity and Eschatology in Christian Imagination
9. The Adulthood of the Modern Age: Hamann's Critique of Kantian Enlightenment
10. Kant as Christian Apologist: The Failure of Accommodationist Theology
11. Moltmann's Two Eschatologies
12. The Eschatological Imagination
Part 4: Theology of Religion and the Religions
13. The Myth of Religion: How to Think Christianly in a Secular World
14. Pluralism and the Religious Imagination
15. Imaginary Gods and the Anonymous Christ
Part 5: Conclusion
16. Christian Theology in a Post-Christian Age

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