RELIGIEUSE ERVARING AS HERINNERINGSVOLLE VERBEELDING: DIE AARD EN FUNKSIE VAN VERBEELDING AS KENTEORETIESE STRUKTUURELEMENT IN TEOLOGIESE REFLEKSIE EN CHRISTELIKE PRAXIS
AbstractAs against the everyday suspicion of imagination as fantasy or illusion and thus untrue, this paper inquires about the ‘guilt and/or innocence ‘of the role of imagination in the process of knowing. Referring to Kant, Warnock Neuman and Murray, the role of imagination is explained to be fundamental, constituting unquestionably an element in theological reflection and praxis. As such, imagination is described as an inner, operational, heuristic mode of knowing within the human psyche which takes place within the hermeneutic horizon of experience, determined by our consciousness that we are relational beings. Love as transformative power is the outer force that makes the inner ability is the mobilising nature of conversion. Finally, a few critical questions are formulated pertaining to the ethical dimension of imagination.
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