Imagination and Our Views of God


Yesterday, I browsed the online sample pages of a book entitled The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing, and the thought provoking nature of the contents intrigued me, particularly this passage on the subject of imagination:

“We need to challenge this marginalization of what is perhaps the most vital of our faculties. It must be reattached to the realm of ethics, of truth, of love. All Christians should include the imagination in their examinations of conscience. Its health is vital to the soul’s health.

“Are we using responsibly our own imaginative faculty, or have we let ourselves be hijacked by the cliches and propaganda with which we are continually bombarded? … Is our image of “the state of the world” and our role in it in any way shaped by the fact we are Christians? What fundamental grid do we work from as we project meaning on bare “facts” to navigate our lives. Does our world fundamentally taste sour? Do we look at it through rose tinted glasses? Or is it the bare stage of our unexpected encounters with the mystery of God? Nothing reveals more forcefully one’s true view of God than the quality of one’s imaginings.”

I’m inclined to agree with much of what’s expressed here, but I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you agree that our imaginings reveal our views of God? And is the health of our imagination an indicator of the health of our souls?

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