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

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

byPaul AvisEditorPaul Avis

Hardcover | November 12, 1999

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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. InGod and the Creative Imagination, Paul Avis argues the contrary: we see that actually, metaphor, symbol and myth, are the key to arealknowledge of God and the sacred. Avis examines what he calls an alternative tradition, stemming from the Romantic poets Blake, Wordsworth and Keats and drawing on the thought of Cleridge and Newman, and experience in both modern philosophy and science.
God and the Creative Imaginationintriguingly draws on a number of non-theological disciplines, from literature to philosophy of science, to show us that God is appropriately likened to an artist or poet and that the greatest truths are expressed in an imaginative form.
Anyone wishing to further their understanding of God, belief and the imagination will find this an inspiring work.
Title:God and the Creative Imagination: Metaphor, Symbol and Myth in Religion and TheologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.6 inPublished:November 12, 1999Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0415215021

ISBN - 13:9780415215022

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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