Last night stimulated some further reflections on the place of imagination within Christianity, and on how we can recover it where it has been forgotten, neglected or exiled.
In the process I came across these words from Leland Ryken, in an article entitled, The Imagination as a Means of Grace. Ryken says:
“In our Christian circles we find a place for the arts as an aid to worship, but not often as an act of worship. Yet 91 out of 107 references to music in the Psalms specify God as the audience of music (Topp 13). The principle that emerges from this is significant for the arts: anything offered to God can become an act of worship. This means that our artistic experiences, whether as creators or participants, can be an act of worship–a means of grace.”
I would also insist, following Brueggemann, that the imagination can be prophetic. Or dare I say it, apocalyptic.