For my second book concept I am contemplating authoring a work to outline a popular theology of the imagination. The draft of an opening segment is below for your feedback and thoughts.
Would a book like this be helpful for you? Would you read it? Which do you prefer, this idea or my first concept of an allegorical novel?
The Creative Witness
Reclaiming the Christian Imagination for Every Day Life
Part 1: The Vision of a Baptized Imagination
Who cannot help but remember with fondness those days as a child when we were so easily amazed by the ordinary and saw the mysterious as commonplace. It is to this whimsical world of a child’s imagination, one of fairy tales and dreams, that we long to return – when we are brave enough to admit it. The beautiful truth of redemption is that the fulfillment of this longing is not beyond our reach. In fact, for those of us seeking to follow in the way of Christ, our imaginations have already been as much redeemed as every other piece of our body, mind, and spirit and lie ripe for cultivation and harvests of bountiful fruit.
Flowing forth from our redeemed imagination comes the ability to envision the intangible and distant elements of faith that are otherwise lost in the mundane and stressful distractions of our daily routines. Once awakened by the work of the spirit, our imaginations can guide us towards the perfection of holiness and help us to overcome the inevitable seasons of doubt and despair that we all face in this life.
There is an unfortunate misnomer in our culture that the imagination is the currency only for a creative elite; those who are deemed by connoisseurs and critics as the artistically gifted. It evident that some among us have been specially called to make artistic works of superior form and beauty. These creations, skillfully crafted by our anointed brothers and sisters, ought to play a central and vital role in the work of the Church. But what I want you to hear me say to you, above all else in this book, is that each one of us has been given the faculty of the imagination as a blessing from our Creator to enable us to more fully see Him, to learn from Him, to glorify Him, and to love and adore Him all the days of our lives.
The calling of the Christian imagination is one that we must reclaim for the entire body of Christ. This is not a matter of having an eye for aesthetics, the voice of an angel, or the pen of a poet. This is a matter of being fully equipped to taste and see that our Lord is good. Once the Christian imagination is rekindled within each of us, the church as a united whole shall stand stronger and brighter as that prophetic city on a hill; seeking day by day to dwell in the light of truth and beckon lovingly, yet boldly, to the surrounding world. The unfolding pages, chapters and parts shall endeavor to cast a vision for what our imagination is meant to be, discuss the barriers that we all encounter which hinder its proper use, and ultimately suggest a way for each us to reclaim the Christian imagination for every day life.