In the spirit of the book, "How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World", let’s unpack the importance of what Charles Taylor calls the “social imaginary” and how our perception of desperate times might validate increasingly desperate measures.
I was watching my legal career get flushed directly down the tubes.
I had worked harder than I’d ever worked in my life before during the first semester of law school, and I had excellent …
When it is the church that adopts this framework, is that our very real and compelling obligation to the widow and orphan (and our laudably passionate concern for them) can lead us to unwittingly collapse the divine perspective into the political one. If, on a formal level, we engage in advocacy that disregards the value of words, what impact will we reap in our daily advocacy of the power of the Word?
This is a call to unpack important dimensions of who we are and to appreciate the impact that the stories embedded in our imagination can have, both on what we believe and how we live that out.
If the Bible is the guiding rule of faith for God’s people, then narrative metaphors for discipleship should be those which have some substantial root in Scripture and the story of God’s people.
In today’s piece, I will describe how these two “selves” function from a cognitive perspective, including the crucial role our imaginations play in tying the two systems together.