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Revelation Imagined: Fiction, Truth, and Transformation

Douglas Hedley

in Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646821
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744853 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646821.003.0007
Revelation Imagined: Fiction, Truth, and Transformation

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This chapter discusses Brown's striking employment of the idea of imagination in Discipleship and Imagination: Christian Tradition and Truth. As well as the aspect of personal transformation in discipleship, the incarnational dimension of Brown's theology is examined, as is the way his project positions itself in relation to the Enlightenment and Romanticism. The nature of imagination is explored as it relates to Brown's critique of crude representational accounts of the relation between mind and reality. The chapter also considers Brown's highly nuanced account of changing tradition in relation to unchanging truth, as well as the relationship between grace and beauty, and concludes with comparisons between Brown and C. S. Lewis, Austin Farrer, and John Henry Newman.

Keywords: David Brown; truth; fiction; true fiction; imagination; incarnation; tradition; grace; transformation

Chapter.  4351 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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