My favorite quotes from Imagination Redeemed: Glorifying God with a Neglected Part of Your Mind by Gene Veith and Matthew Ristuccia.
- Christians of the past had quite a bit to say about the imagination, as we shall see, but it is something of a forgotten category in contemporary Christianity.
- We must discipline, disciple, and sanctify our imaginations. We are to “take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
- When the apostle Paul enjoins us to “rejoice with those who rejoice” and to “weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15), he is calling for an act of imagination known as “empathy,” imaginatively identifying with other human beings to the point of feeling their emotions.
- Developing a Christian imagination can play an important role in our spiritual growth. A godly imagination can help us meditate on the Word of God, pray with fervency, cultivate a corporate culture of grace, and grow through personal sanctification.
- The imagination of God is the source of the imagination of human beings.
- The critical step toward redeeming one’s imagination is to fill it with God himself.
- We can also sin in our imagination. This is one of the most important and yet neglected battlegrounds in the Christian life.
- The solution is not to suppress the imagination—which cannot really be done—but to restore it so that it helps rather than hinders us in our Christian living.
- In short, the imagination is the source of idolatry and also a means of contemplating truth. It is a source of sin, and it is a source of good works.
- Being able to imagine the future—as well as the steps it will take to get there—is critical for self-discipline, prudence, and wisdom.
- Worldviews are generally communicated and transmitted by works of the imagination—stories, music, art, drama, architecture, rituals, conversations, and cultural artifacts of every kind.
- A redeemed imagination is a righteous imagination.
- We all face daily choices of what TV shows and movies to watch, where to surf on the web, and what pictures to settle our gaze on…So choose your images with the long view of building a righteous imagination.
- God’s Word uses imaginative means…Thus, a Christian imagination comes, above all, from reading the Bible continually, studying it, meditating on it, and just saturating your mind and your imagination with the Word of God.
- There is, indeed, a place for visual images. But a distinctly Christian imagination is formed best by language—reading, listening, conversation.
- Thus, hearing good preaching week in and week out can profoundly shape a Christian worldview and a Christian imagination.
- A congregation that makes contemporary culture normative over Christian culture—to the point of replacing it—will teach its members to have contemporary worldviews and a contemporary imagination.
- I have nothing to fear from other worldviews, because mine is bigger than all the others, containing their truths and filling in their blind spots. The Christian imagination is vaster than those that derive from narrow human frames of reference
- Though a realm in need of discipline and sanctification, the imagination is a God-given superpower, making possible some of the greatest achievements of human beings.
- The imagination can also be the way into the heart of unbelievers. Many people in today’s culture, trapped in their narrow materialistic worldview, “cannot imagine” any kind of spiritual reality.
- Meanwhile, all Christians…need to love God with all their minds, which would include their imagination.
Imagination Redeemed: Glorifying God with a Neglected Part of Your Mind by Gene Veith and Matthew Ristuccia.
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