9780415215039

God and the Creative Imagination: Metaphor, Symbol and Myth in Religion and Theology

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    9780415215039

  • ISBN10:

    041521503X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 1999-10-05
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

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. InGod and the Creative Imagination,Paul Avis argues the contrary: 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 William Blake and John Keats, drawing on the thought of John Henry Newman, and experience in both modern philosophy and science. He intriguingly draws on a number of non-theological disciplines, from literature to philosophy, to show us that God is appropriately likened to an artist or poet and that the greatest truths are expressed in an imaginative form.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
List of abbreviations
x
PART I
Speaking of God in the language of the imagination
3(11)
The fate of the imagination in modernity
14(9)
The fate of the imagination in postmodernity
23(7)
Affirming the truth of imagination: The alternative tradition
30(19)
PART II
The world of biblical imagination
49(19)
Creative theology and the making of doctrine
68(10)
Imagination and the adventure of faith
78(5)
Liturgy as literature
83(10)
PART III
Metaphor
93(10)
Symbol
103(11)
Myth
114(23)
PART IV
Critical realism
137(15)
Symbolic realism
152(6)
Mythic realism
158(17)
Bibliography 175(11)
Name index 186(4)
Subject index 190

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