Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Where Does Fantasy Come From? And why? It is God-given. I guess that is an obvious answer for a Christian. Our imagination gives rise to fantasy and to its perhaps more legitimate cousin, art.

Then the question is, "Why would we be given this gift of imagination?" I would think that imagination allows us to behold mystery in a way that gives us joy and assurance.

The other day a young man I know who stubbornly asserts that he is an atheist said to me that the Trinity is simply unbelievable, because how can one thing be three things at once. How can Jesus be on the Cross, speaking to the Father, if the two of them are one? Putting aside my suspicion that the young man is being a little perverse to draw attention to himself, I don't see how you can begin to grasp the Trinity without the imagination, without the same sort of faculty that produced the Fellowship of the Rings and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

So, when I visit Macon and Kellsey and see their collection of fantasy/science fiction novels, I think I understand what is going on. They have lively imaginations, God given ones. They embrace mystery at a very serious and profound level. They exercise that gift in play when they read those books and watch those tv shows.

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