Monday, August 20, 2007

John Piper on Imagination -- Theology of Space

Imagination may be the hardest work of the human mind. And perhaps the most God-like. It is the closest we get to creation out of nothing. When we speak of beautiful truth, we must think of a pattern of words, perhaps a poem. We must conceive something that has never existed before and does not now exist in any human mind. We must think of an analogy or metaphor or illustration which has no existence. The imagination must exert itself to see it in our mind, when it is not there. We must create word combinations and music that have never existed before. All of this we do, because we are like God and because he is infinitely worthy of ever-new words and songs.
-- John Piper, "God is not Boring," found here.

Adam's first act was an act of creation -- naming the animals. God left something undone in creation; the animals were not named. God created humankind and gave us a co-creative place -- God gave us the task of naming. The act of creation is necessary to become Christ-like. Creation is the calling forth of order from chaos -- the ordering of space (and by extension, time.) To live continually in chaos is not what God would will for us.

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