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date: 26 January 2021

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This chapter focuses on the connection between imagination and natural theology. It argues that the association of imagination and natural theology is only counter intuitive if one sees imagination primarily as the capacity to generate fiction. Since natural theology is concerned with truth (is there a God or a soul?), then natural theology can only be misled by the promptings of the imagination. However, if we see the imaginative encounter with reality as an unavoidable aspect of human cognition, then this apparent paradox is resolved. Since the reality of which theology speaks transcends our normal categories, there is room for imagination in the most apparently recondite metaphysical constructions.

Keywords: imagination, natural theology, truth, reality

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