When we think of the mind, we tend to think of the intellect, our ability to reason and understand. But the mind has many other facets: We experience our emotions in our minds. Another mental faculty is the will. There has been quite a lot of theological reflection on those three, but not so much on the mental faculty that we use far more than any of the others: the imagination. When we do think of the imagination, we mystify it by associating it with creativity and the arts. Those do issue from the imagination, but what the term really means is simply the ability to form mental pictures in our minds.
Anyway, I’ve just finished a book on the subject with Matthew Ristuccia, which will come out in November. I spoke about this in Canada, recently, at Concordia Edmonton. Mathew Block, communications director of the Lutheran Church Canada, interviewed me for the Canadian Lutheran. I thought I’d run a series of posts built around his questions, starting today. [Read more…]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has put much of its collection online in digitized high-resolution images, including scores of works by the patron of this blog Lucas Cranach. Go to this link: Search | The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click the title of the work and you will go to a larger image with a brief discussion of its significance. Click the image again and it will fill your screen. You can then zoom in for the most exquisite detail.
After the jump, two paired paintings depicting the theme of God’s grace: Jesus with the children and Jesus with the woman taken in adultery. (HT: Paul McCain) [Read more…]
Dr. Jack Kilcrease has a rather brilliant post at Theologia Crucis on the connection between pornography and idolatry. Both fixate on images that can be manipulated according to our desires, as opposed to the “real presence” of an actual human spouse or of the true God.
A bonus in that post is a discussion of how the Reformed view religious images vs. how Lutherans view them. [Read more…]