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.
..."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