Religious Imagination

Edited by Guy Axtell (Radford University)
Assistant editor: Katelyn Dobbins (Radford University)
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The role of religious imagination in religious consciousness/ideas is a topic of interest to psychologists, theologians, religious studies scholars, and philosophers of religion. Study of religious imagination often goes together with phenomenology of religious experience, with the study of religious art, and with model-theoretic and narrative theologies. Because imagination suggests human construction, its role and extent is especially controversial. A special concern for epistemology of religion is its implications for debate between realists vs. non-realists about the aims of religious discourse.

Key works Sigmund Freud (1927), Jeanine Diller&Asa Kasher (2013), William James (1902), Amy Kind (2016), Ralph B. Perry (1904), H.H. Price (1965), David Tracy (1985)
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  1. added 2019-09-04
    Newman on Imagination and Religious Belief.Ian Ker - 1997 - Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 1 (1):96-110.
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    Spiritual Experience and Imagination.Eric Yang - 2018 - In Heather Salazar & Roderick Nicholls (eds.), The Philosophy of Spirituality. Leiden: Brill.
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    Aesthetics of History: The Example of Russia / Эстетика Истории: Пример России.Pavel Simashenkov - 2019 - Modern European Researches 3 (2019):47-55.
    The article highlights the problem of studying historical time in terms of aesthetics and social ethics. The essence of history, according to the author, is not so much in retrospection or reflection, but in the gap between feeling and awareness. Guided by the apophatic method, the author analyzes the historiosophical views of domestic and foreign scholars and comes to the conclusion that the Soviet paradigm is true, where the only vector of human development is the liberation of labor in the (...)
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    Apocalypses Now: Modern Science and Biblical Miracles: The Boyle Lecture 2018.Mark Harris - 2018 - Zygon 53 (4):1036-1050.
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    Faith as Poeisis in Nicholas of Cusa's Pursuit of Wisdom.Jason Aleksander - 2018 - In Thomas Izbicki, Jason Aleksander & Donald Duclow (eds.), Nicholas of Cusa in Ages of Transition. Leiden: E. J. Brill. pp. 197-218.
    This article discusses how Nicholas of Cusa’s speculative philosophy harbors an ecumenical spirit that is deeply entwined and in tension with his commitment to incarnational mystical theology. On the basis of my discussion of this tension, I intend to show that Nicholas understands “faith” as a poietic activity whose legitimacy is rooted less in the independent veracity of the beliefs in question than in the potential of particular religious conventions to aid intellectual processes of self-interpretation. In undertaking this analysis, the (...)
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    Myth.Kiyoshi Miki & John Krummel - 2016 - Social Imaginaries 2 (1):25-69.
    “Myth” comprises the first chapter of the book, The Logic of the Imagination, by Miki Kiyoshi. In this chapter Miki analyzes the significance of myth (shinwa) as possessing a certain reality despite being “fictions.” He begins by broadening the meaning of the imagination to argue for a logic of the imagination that involves expressive action or poiesis (production) in general, of which myth is one important product. The imagination gathers in myth material from the environing world lived by the social (...)
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    The Poet as ‘Worldmaker’: T.S. Eliot and the Religious Imagination.Dominic Griffiths - 2015 - In Francesca Knox & David Lonsdale (eds.), The Power of the Word: Poetry and the Religious Imagination. Ashgate. pp. 161-175.
    Martin Heidegger defines the world as ‘the ever non-objective to which we are subject as long as the paths of birth and death . . . keep us transported into Being’. He writes that the world is ‘not the mere collection of the countable or uncountable, familiar and unfamiliar things that are at hand . . . The world worlds’. Being able to fully and richly express how the world worlds is the task of the artist, whose artwork is the (...)
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    On the Broken Myth in the Philosophy of Religion and Theology.Konrad Waloszczyk - 2012 - Przeglad Filozoficzny - Nowa Seria 82 (2):401-409.
    On the broken myth in the philosophy of religion and theology Abstract. The article deals with the concept of broken myth, thus named by the German theologian and philosopher Paul Tillich (1886 - 1965). The thesis related to this concept is that all religions, including Christianity, use a mythical language. This language is expressing moral truths and metaphysical intuitions, but not the objective facts and states of affairs that may provide knowledge. The broken myth does not imply the rejection of (...)
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    Sacrifice Imagined: Violence, Atonement, and the Sacred.Douglas Hedley - 2011 - Continuum.
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    Sacred Realism: Religion and the Imagination in Modern Spanish Narrative. By Noël Valis.Patrick Madigan - 2011 - Heythrop Journal 52 (6):1058-1058.
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    On Monsters: And Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears.Stephen Asma - 2009 - oxford.
    Hailed as "a feast" (Washington Post) and "a modern-day bestiary" (The New Yorker), Stephen Asma's On Monsters is a wide-ranging cultural and conceptual history of monsters--how they have evolved over time, what functions they have served for us, and what shapes they are likely to take in the future. Beginning at the time of Alexander the Great, the monsters come fast and furious--Behemoth and Leviathan, Gog and Magog, Satan and his demons, Grendel and Frankenstein, circus freaks and headless children, right (...)
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    Sacramental Imagination: Eucharists of the Ordinary Universe.Richard Kearney - 2009 - Analecta Hermeneutica 1:240-288.
    The basic thesis of this essay is that several of our great modern novelists–Proust, Joyce and Woolf–epitomize a singularly sacramental imagination which celebrates the bread and wine of the everyday. The author suggests that a specific phenomenology of incarnation, adumbrated by Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Julia Kristeva, may help us discern the grammar of transubstantiation operating in these sacramental accounts of the sensible universe. The paper begins with a brief sketch of such a phenomenology before moving on to consider in more (...)
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    The Kindness of God.Janet Martin Soskice - 2009 - Ars Disputandi 9:1566-5399.
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    Myth: Key Concepts in Philosophy.Robert S. Ellwood - 2008 - Continuum.
    The other within : encountering myth -- The elf-king's closet : types of myth -- The view from outside : theories of myth -- Singing the world : myths of creation -- The hero's journey : the warrior -- The hero's journey : the Savior -- The end of days and the life everlasting : eschatological myths -- Shadowside : myths of evil, the trickster, and the flood -- Our people : nationalistic myths -- The wizard's prism : psychology of (...)
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    Mircea Eliade And The Imagination Of Matter.Charles Long - 2006 - Studia Philosophica 1.
    For the History of Religions as a discipline, Mircea Eliade’s Patterns in Comparative Religion represents a fundamental paper. By carefully analyzing each chapter, we try to catch the accuracy proved by Mircea Eliade in building his arguments and to decipher the meaning of the archetypes dominating the human existence and the way in which the sacred forms are perceived.
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    The Sacred Heritage: The Influence of Shamanism on Analytical Psychology.Donald Sandner & Steven H. Wong (eds.) - 1997 - Routledge.
    Although in modern times and clinical settings, we rarely see the old characteristics of tribal shamanism such as deep trances, out-of-body experiences, and soul retrieval, the archetypal dreams, waking visions and active imagination of modern depth psychology represents a liminal zone where ancient and modern shamanism overlaps with analytical psychology. These essays explore the contributors' excursions as healers and therapists into this zone. The contributors describe the many facets shamanism and depth psychology have in common: animal symbolism; recognition of the (...)
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    Figuring the Sacred Religion, Narrative, and Imagination.Paul Ricoeur & Mark I. Wallace - 1995
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    Metaphor and Religious Language.Janet Martin Soskice - 1985 - Noûs 23 (2):274-275.
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    Metaphorical Theology: Models of God in Religious Language.Sallie McFague - 1982 - Fortress Press.
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    Aspects of the Iconography of the Devil at the Crucifixion.C. W. Marx & M. A. Skey - 1979 - Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 42:233-235.
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    Starting From the Muses: Engaging Moral Imagination Through Memory’s Many Gifts.Guy Axtell - forthcoming - In Brian Robinson (ed.), The Moral Psychology of Amusements. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
    In Greek mythology the Muses –patron goddesses of fine arts, history, humanities, and sciences– are tellingly portrayed as the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the goddess Memory, who is of the race of Titans, older still than Zeus and other Olympian deities. The relationship between memory and such fields as epic poetry, history, music and dance is easily recognizable to moderns. But bards/poets like Homer and Hesiod, who began oral storytelling by “invoking the Muses” with their audience, knew well that (...)
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    The Buddha's Middle Way: Experiential Judgement in His Life and Teaching.Robert Michael Ellis - 2019 - Sheffield, UK: Equinox.
    The Middle Way was first taught explicitly by the Buddha. It is the first teaching offered by the Buddha in his first address, and the basis of his practical method in meditation, ethics, and wisdom. It is often mentioned in connection with Buddhist teachings, yet the full case for its importance has not yet been made. This book aims to make that case. -/- The Middle Way can be understood from the Buddha's life and metaphors as well as his teachings, (...)
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    Historical progress and involution of ideals / Исторический прогресс и инволюция идеалов.Pavel Simashenkov - 2017
    My book is about the human creativity being a source of progress, and cycling of evolution caused by platitude and triviality of once high-reaching idealism. In essence the book presents an original perception of human history, based on Christian values as vital coordinates system. I hope this book will revive the interest to the Russian school of thoughts and to humanism in general.
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    Pneumatological Relations and Christian Disunity in Theology‐Science Dialogue.Telford Work - 2008 - Zygon 43 (4):897-908.
    . Ecclesial divisions shape and distort the developing interdisciplinary dialogue between Christian theology and the natural and social sciences in ways that can be better understood by focusing on pneumatology, specifically on the variety of ways in which by grace we relate to the Holy Spirit—as giver of life, as Lord, as powerful anointing, as God's gift of wisdom, and as wellspring from Jesus Christ. Each denominational camp of Christians has centered its appreciation of the Holy Spirit on one of (...)
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    Self and Other: The Limits of Narrative Understanding.Dan Zahavi - 2007 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 60:179-202.
    If the self—as a popular view has it—is a narrative construction, if it arises out of discursive practices, it is reasonable to assume that the best possible avenue to self-understanding will be provided by those very narratives. If I want to know what it means to be a self, I should look closely at the stories that I and others tell about myself, since these stories constitute who I am. In the following I wish to question this train of thought. (...)
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    God and the Creative Imagination: Metaphor, Symbol and Myth in Religion and Theology, by Paul Avis. [REVIEW]Barbara Baumgarten - 2004 - Tradition and Discovery 31 (3):45-46.
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    Stuart Rosenbaum, Ed. Pragmatism and Religion: Classical Sources and Original Essays. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003. Pp. 376. Cloth ISBN 0-252-02838-4. Paper ISBN 0-252-07122-0. [REVIEW]Guy Axtell - 2004 - Contemporary Pragmatism 1 (2):182-191.
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    Some Thoughts on What Spinoza Learned From Maimonides About the Prophetic Imagination Part 1..Heidi M. Ravven - 2001 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 39 (2):193.
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    Some Thoughts on What Spinoza Learned From Maimonides on the Prophetic Imagination Part Two...Heidi M. Ravven - 2001 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 39 (3):385.
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    Imagination and Religious Pluralism: Maimonides, Ibn Verga, and Vico.José Faur - 1992 - New Vico Studies 10:36.
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    Religion and the Imagination: Some Reflections on the Legacy of William F. Lynch, S.J.Nathan A. Scott Jr - 1991 - Thought: Fordham University Quarterly 66 (2):151-160.
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    Philosophy and Miracle: The Contemporary Debate. [REVIEW]William J. Wainwright - 1989 - Faith and Philosophy 6 (1):110-113.
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    Analogy, Metaphor and God-Language: Charles Hartshorne.David Tracy - 1985 - Modern Schoolman 62 (4):249-264.
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    Tasavvufun ve Epistemolojik Bir Araç Olarak İlhamın İbn Teymiyye Düşüncesindeki Yeri.Emrah Kaya - 2016 - Cumhuriyet Ilahiyat Dergisi 20 (1):11-34.
    This article aims to study Sufism (taṣawwuf) and inspiration (ilhâm), which is the main means of the mystical knowledge, in the thought of Ibn Taymiyya who is known generally as an exponent of a tradition grounded on the understanding of Salaf. He is considered by majority to be a rigid opponent of Sufism because of his unconventional interpretations of Sufi terminology. Also, since Ibn Taymiyya constantly offers the Qur’ān, ḥadīth, and the opinions of Salaf as the base of religious knowledge, (...)
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    The Hebrew Bible and Philosophy of Religion.Gericke Jaco - 2012 - Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.
    This study pioneers the use of philosophy of religion in the study of the Hebrew Bible. After identifying the need for a legitimate philosophical approach to Israelite religion, the volume traces the history of interdisciplinary relations and shows how descriptive varieties of philosophy of religion can aid the clarification of the Hebrew Bibles own metaphysical, epistemological, and moral assumptions. Two new interpretative methodologies are developed and subsequently applied through an introduction to what the biblical texts took for granted about the (...)
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    Review of Sex, Ecology, Spirituality by Ken Wilber 2nd Ed 851p (2001) (Review Revised 2019).Michael Starks - 2019 - In Suicidal Utopian Delusions in the 21st Century -- Philosophy, Human Nature and the Collapse of Civilization -- Articles and Reviews 2006-2019 4th Edition Michael Starks. Las Vegas, NV USA: Reality Press. pp. 331-348.
    please see the full paper for the abstract as the moronic AI used by phil papers won't let me use it as it thinks it has a url in it!
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    ONT Vol 9.Paul Bali - manuscript
    contents -/- i. Day of the Locust / Triffids -/- ii. we're wide on a Paramount soundstage -/- iii. HOLLYWOOD, an ecologic history -/- iv. yet one more site of end-time art -/- v. he's "a bookworm with bulging lobes" -/- vi. apartment is my state of being apart -/- vii. enlightenment means a weight's release .
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    Myth and Philosophy.Frank E. Reynolds & David Tracy (eds.) - 1990 - State University of New York Press.
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    PRELIMINARY REMARKS FOR THE COMPARATIVE STUDY OF MYSTICISM: MYSTICISM IS WHAT UNIO MYSTICA IS.Stepan Lisy - 2012 - Communio Viatorum 54 (1):88-107.
    In the present article I argue, that our understanding of mysticism in general has its origin in Christian-theological framework. If some scholars are able to decide whether there is one or more mysticisms, there has to be a common understanding of mysticism (referential term). But every scholar gives a different definition, and even scholars dealing with mysticism in the same religious tradition. Sure, any definition can help us to find a referential term to which all scholars dealing with mysticism refer (...)
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    THEORETICAL APPROACHES IN THE STUDY OF JEWISH MYSTICISM: NEW PERSPECTIVE.Stepan Lisy - 2018 - Communio Viatorum 60 (3): 276-312.
    According to Thomas S. Kuhn what changes with the transition to maturity of discipline is not the presence of a paradigm but rather its nature. The purpose of this study is to analyse a nature of paradigm in the study of Jewish mysticism. In the present article I attempt to show, that the discipline shares many characteristic features of the schools of pre-paradigm period caused by the absence of a pre-established theory. Despite the fact we are able to observe that (...)
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    The Natural Foundations of Religion.Mark Collier - 2013 - Philosophical Psychology 27 (5):665-680.
    In the Natural history of religion, Hume attempts to understand the origin of our folk belief in gods and spirits. These investigations are not, however, purely descriptive. Hume demonstrates that ontological commitment to supernatural agents depends on motivated reasoning and illusions of control. These beliefs cannot, then, be reflectively endorsed. This proposal must be taken seriously because it receives support from recent work on our psychological responses to uncertainty. It also compares quite favorably with its main competitors in the cognitive (...)
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    Living in the Throes of Paradox.Howard Wettstein - 2017 - Conversations: Institute of Jewish Ideas 30 (4):1-15.
    A reflection on paradox vis-a-vis truth in the context of religion. The discussion directly pertains to the Jewish context. But the issues are quite general.
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    The Significance of Religious Experience.Howard Wettstein - 2012 - Oxford University Press USA.
    In this volume of essays, Howard Wettstein explores the foundations of religious commitment. His orientation is broadly naturalistic, but not in the mode of reductionism or eliminativism. This collection explores questions of broad religious interest, but does so through a focus on the author's religious tradition, Judaism. Among the issues explored are the nature and role of awe, ritual, doctrine, religious experience; the distinction between belief and faith; problems of evil and suffering with special attention to the Book of Job (...)
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    Dread Hermeneutics: Bob Marley, Paul Ricoeur and the Productive Imagination.Christopher Duncanson-Hales - 2017 - Black Theology 15 (2):157-175.
    This article presents Paul Ricœur’s hermeneutic of the productive imagination as a methodological tool for understanding the innovative social function of texts that in exceeding their semantic meaning, iconically augment reality. Through the reasoning of Rastafari elder Mortimo Planno’s unpublished text, Rastafarian: The Earth’s Most Strangest Man, and the religious and biblical signification from the music of his most famous postulate, Bob Marley, this article applies Paul Ricœur’s schema of the religious productive imagination to conceptualize the metaphoric transfer from text (...)
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    Re-Imagining Text — Re-Imagining Hermeneutics.Christopher Duncanson-Hales - 2011 - Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds 7 (1):87-122.
    With the advent of the digital age and new mediums of communication, it is becoming increasingly important for those interested in the interpretation of religious text to look beyond traditional ideas of text and textuality to find the sacred in unlikely places. Paul Ricoeur’s phenomenological reorientation of classical hermeneutics from romanticized notions of authorial intent and psychological divinations to a serious engagement with the “science of the text” is a hermeneutical tool that opens up an important dialogue between the interpreter, (...)
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    An Archaeology of Disbelief.Edward Jayne - 2017 - Hamilton Books.
    An Archaeology of Disbelief traces the classical origin of secular philosophy in ancient Greece based on a close examination of its few relevant texts still available today. More than a dozen pre-Socratic philosophers are examined as well Aristotle and such later figures as Strato, Carneades, Lucretius, and Cicero.
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    Forms of Reflection, Imagination, and the Love of Wisdom.Douglas Hedley - 2012 - Metaphilosophy 43 (1-2):112-124.
    This article reflects upon the relationship between philosophy and theology. It further considers the persisting relevance of the specifically Hellenic inheritance of philosophy as contemplation and the Delphic exhortation, “Know thyself!” It concludes with reflections upon the role of imagination in relation to the philosophical idea of God as the supreme and transcendent causal principle of the physical cosmos.
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    Living Forms of the Imagination. [REVIEW]Paul J. Griffiths - 2011 - Faith and Philosophy 28 (4):460-464.
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    Sacrifice Imagined: Violence, Atonement, and the Sacred.Douglas Hedley - 2011 - Continuum International Publishing Group.
    ’Sacrifice Imagined’ is an original exploration of the idea of sacrifice by one of the world’s pre-eminent philosophers of religion. Despisers of religion have poured scorn upon the idea of sacrifice as an index of the irrational and wicked in religious practice. Nor does its secularised form seem much more appealing. One need only think of the appalling cult of sacrifice in numerous totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century. Yet, sacrifice remains a part of our cultural and intellectual ’imaginary’. Hedley (...)
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    Douglas Hedley Living Forms of the Imagination . (London: T. & T. Clark, 2008). Pp. X+308. £65.00 (Hbk); £24.99 (Pbk). Isbn 0567032949 (Hbk); 0567032957 (Pbk). [REVIEW]Tim Chappell - 2009 - Religious Studies 45 (2):241-247.
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