The Eschatological Imagination - Interview with Dr. Garrett Green

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Date:

January 20th, 2021

Time:

3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

In this Wednesday Event, Professor Joseph Mangina will interview Dr. Garrett Green about his new book, Imagining Theology: Encounters with God in Scripture, Interpretation, and Aesthetics, focusing on one chapter in particular: “The Eschatological Imagination.” How do we imagine or picture the End of all things? After the interview there will be time for engagement by students. 

Register for this online event in advance.  If you would like a PDF copy of the chapter, please contact the Principal’s Office at principalsoffice@wycliffe.utoronto.ca.

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Dr. Garrett Green

Garrett Green (PhD, Yale University) is professor emeritus at Connecticut College, where he taught for four decades. He is the author of Imagining God:Theology and the Religious Imagination, and the translator of Karl Barth on Religion: The Revelation of God as the Sublimation of Religion. He gave the Cadbury Lectures at the University of Birmingham in 1998 when he was a visiting fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge. His most recent book is Imagining Theology: Encounters with God in Scripture, Interpretation, and Aesthetics (Baker Academic, 2020). In his retirement, Dr. Green has become active in prison ministry at the Radgowski Correctional Institution in Montville, Connecticut. He is an Anglican.

As some of these titles suggest, Dr. Green is especially interested in the role played by imagination in religious knowing, including our reading of the Bible. Our own professor Joseph Mangina has written: “Drawing on his years of reflection on the subject, Garrett Green makes a powerful case for the positive role of imagination in the divine-human relationship…. [Imagining Theology is] a deeply thoughtful and elegantly written work of Christian theology.” 

Imagining Theology: Encounters with God in Scripture, Interpretation, and Aesthetics

The imagination is where the Creator chooses to meet his creatures, says renowned theologian Garrett Green. The Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit set the imagination free for genuine and creative knowledge of God, the world, others, and the self. Green explains that theology is best understood as human imagination faithfully conformed to the Bible as the paradigmatic key to the Christian gospel. He unpacks the implications of the imagination for a variety of theological issues, such as interpretation, aesthetics, eschatology, and the relationship between church and culture.

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