Forging a Relationship Between Revelation, Scripture, and Imagination (part two)

Part one identified the problematic way revelation has been conflated with Scripture, and how the Bible has been forced to serve as an epistemic ground for all other Christian doctrines. I offered a way of untangling Scripture and revelation and hinted at the importance of imagination. This concluding piece explores the compatibility of revelation and imagination, the role of imagination in the canonising of tradition, and the importance of imagination in the ongoing reception of revelation. The goal is to continually tie revelation back to God’s communicative self-disclosure for the purposes of converting human imagination to the missio Dei, and to develop a non-competitive, complementary account of revelation that benefits rather than is threatened by cross-cultural encounter.

If imagination limits revelation, then different imaginative worlds (in different cultures or historical epochs) set different limits. The shifting imaginative borders of cross-cultural encounters provide greater imaginative potential to receive, interpret, and remember God’s gracious self-communication. This allows for a non-competitive relationship between Scripture and revelation in different times and places outside of the history of Israel and the Church.

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Forging a Relationship Between Revelation, Scripture, and Imagination (part 1)

Doctrine in the wake of the Reformation(s) and Enlightenment(s) has witnessed both the conflation of revelation and Scripture, and, relatedly, the use of Scripture as epistemic grounding for all subsequent theological claims. A corollary of this movement is that Scripture tends to be discussed outside of its role in the economy of salvation and missio Dei. This births manifold problems, which must be addressed when seeking to develop an account of revelation, Scripture, and imagination. This post, and part two tomorrow seek to unpack these problems and offer a constructive and non-competitive way of accounting for the relationship between revelation, Scripture, and imagination.

“The soteriological purposes of revelation require more flexibility than many contemporary doctrinal formulations allow. Therefore it is helpful to stress that revelation is God’s communication to humankind. Communication makes space for flexibility because it is concerned with the impact of its content not the protection of its form.”

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Ep09. Wounding Words (Loving Jesus/Fearing Scripture), Emmy Kegler.

“Taking what has been used as a sword, and turning it into a ploughshare” 

A special episode. Because this postal survey on marriage equality is taking a toll on so many. This is Emmy Kegler’s talk and Q&A from the Jesus 12 24 online conference hosted earlier in the year. If I sound weird its because I’d been awake for about 23 hours. See more about the conference at

“Too many members of the LGBTQ+ community know Scripture best as a weapon used against us.  How do those of us who still find Jesus compelling reconcile ourselves with the book that tells his story, when that same book has been used to condemn us?  When we have been wounded by the words of the Bible, can we still find healing in the Word of God?” LISTEN IN iTUNES

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