How God Captures the Imagination.
This book was previously released with the title, Myth Became Fact: Storytelling, Imagination & Apologetics in the Bible.
Brian Godawa, Hollywood screenwriter and novelist, explores the nature of imagination in the Bible. How God subverts pagan religions by appropriating their creativity and redeeming them within a biblical worldview. Improve your imagination in glorifying God and defending the faith.
Here are the chapters, and what you will learn:
Demonizing the Pagan Gods: God verbally attacked his opponents, pagans and their gods, by using sarcasm, mockery, and name-calling. He called them what they really were: demons. Demonization is not wrong if they really are demonic.
Old Testament Storytelling Apologetics: Israel shared creative images with their pagan neighbors: The sea dragon of chaos, and the storm god. The Bible invests them with new meaning.
Biblical Creation and Storytelling: creation stories in the ancient Near East and the Bible both express a primeval battle of deity to create order out of chaos. But how do they differ?
The Universe in Ancient Imagination: a comparison and contrast of the biblical picture of the universe with the ancient pagan one. What's the difference?
New Testament Storytelling Apologetics: Paul's sermon to the pagans on Mars Hill is an example of the apologetics of subversion: communicating the gospel in terms of a pagan narrative, with a view toward replacing their worldview. Christian imagination and apologetics work together.
Imagination in Prophecy and Apocalypse: God uses imaginative descriptions of future events to intentionally obscure his message from unbelievers, while at the same time showing the true meaning of history to believers. This will help you understand the end times better.
An Apologetic of Biblical Horror: learn how God uses the genre of horror in the Bible as a powerful moral tool to communicate spiritual, social, and moral truth.
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