Imagining Theology

Encounters with God in Scripture, Interpretation, and Aesthetics

by Garrett Green (Author)
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"A deeply thoughtful and elegantly written work of Christian theology"

In Imagining Theology, renowned theologian Garrett Green shows that the imagination is where the Creator chooses to meet his creatures. The word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit set the imagination free for genuine and creative knowledge of God, the world, others, and the self. Green explains that theology is best understood as human imagination faithfully conformed to the Bible as the paradigmatic key to the Christian gospel. He unpacks the implications of the imagination for a variety of theological issues, such as interpretation, aesthetics, eschatology, and the relationship between church and culture.

"In this book Garrett Green pulls together a lifetime of reflection on Scripture, imagination, and aesthetics. Wide in range and deep in comprehension, his beautifully written essays sparkle with intelligence and insight. No one who cares about these themes will fail to be illuminated--and even edified."
--George Hunsinger, Princeton Theological Seminary

"Garrett Green's latest work caps a lifetime's investigation and reflection on the nature of imagination and its function in the work of Christian theology. These chapters take the exercise of modern theological imagination as their theme and explore it with rare and detailed insight coupled with wide-ranging philosophical engagement and historical understanding. Green's own imaginative engagements with pressing questions of our moment--about God-talk, biblical hermeneutics, the character and limits of theological reasoning, the simultaneous challenges of secularity and religious pluralism--promise to provoke, complicate, and enrich our theology, life, and faith."
--Philip G. Ziegler, University of Aberdeen

"According to Genesis, God grieved on seeing that 'every imagination of the thoughts of [the human] heart was only evil continually' (Gen. 6:5 KJV). Yes, but that is only part of the story. Drawing on his years of reflection on the subject, Garrett Green makes a powerful case for the positive role of imagination in the divine-human relationship. It turns out that there are faithful imaginings as well as evil ones. A deeply thoughtful and elegantly written work of Christian theology."
--Joseph Mangina, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto


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Garrett Green (PhD, Yale University) is professor emeritus at Connecticut College, where he taught for four decades. He is the author of several books, including Imagining God: Theology and the Religious Imagination and Theology, Hermeneutics, and Imagination, and he is the translator of Karl Barth on Religion: The Revelation of God as the Sublimation of Religion. He gave the Cadbury Lectures at the University of Birmingham in 1998 while he was a visiting fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge. Green has held research positions in Germany as a Fulbright and Humboldt scholar. He also served two terms as chair of the Nineteenth Century Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion and is active in the Society for the Study of Theology (UK), the Duodecim Theological Society, the New Haven Theological Discussion Group, and the Karl Barth Society of North America.