I have published a new book, one that I collaborated on with Matt Ristuccia, an evangelical pastor in Princeton. It’s called Imagination Redeemed: Glorifying God with a Neglected Part of Your Mind.
The imagination often gets mystified these days with its association with the arts and creativity. We get into those areas in the book, but we are trying to recover a much more basic understanding of the concept. The imagination is simply the power of our minds to conjure up mental images. When you use your memory to recall past experiences, when you make plans for the future by visualizing what you are going to do tomorrow, when you daydream, when you dream, when you fantasize, when your consciousness is just running on neutral, you are using your imagination.
There have been quite a lot of Christian reflection on the faculty of the mind known as reason. Other mental powers such as the emotions and the will have gotten significant attention. But there has not been that much lately on the imagination, which, arguably we use more than any of the other mental faculties. Older theologians, however, from Augustine to Luther, did address the imagination, as we go into. After the jump, I will explain some of what this book gets into and has to offer. [Read more…]