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

God and the Creative Imagination

Metaphor, Symbol and Myth in Religion and Theology

By: Paul Avis

Paperback Published: 12th August 1999
ISBN: 9780415215039
Number Of Pages: 208

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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: 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.

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..."the case for the importance of the imagination is made here in a clear and attractive fashion... Recommended for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students." -Paul Lakeland, "Religious Studies Review "This is a book of scholarship and integrity. A unique combination of theology and literary methodology." -R. William Franklin, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale ""God and the Creative Imagination is an extremely well written and carefully researched study of the place of metaphor, symbol and myth in religion and theology. I read this with considerable enjoyment." -Robert Hannaford, Canterbury Christ Church College "Among contemporary theological voices, that of Paul Avis is always wide-ranging, constructive and sane, combining scholarship with a nuanced feel for tradition." -Rowan Williams, Bishop of Monmouth, 6/99

Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. x
p. 1
Speaking of God in the Language of the Imaginationp. 3
The Fate of the Imagination in Modernityp. 14
The Fate of the Imagination in Postmodernityp. 23
Affirming the Truth of Imaginationp. 30
p. 47
The World of Biblical Imaginationp. 49
Creative Theology and the Making of Doctrinep. 68
Imagination and the Adventure of Faithp. 78
Liturgy as Literaturep. 83
p. 91
Metaphorp. 93
Symbolp. 103
Mythp. 114
p. 135
Critical Realismp. 137
Symbolic Realismp. 152
Mythic Realismp. 158
Bibliographyp. 175
Index of Namesp. 186
Subject Indexp. 190
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ISBN: 9780415215039
ISBN-10: 041521503X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 12th August 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1