Moral imagination

From Part I of Jonathan Walton’s book, A Lens of Love, beginning with a couple of one-liners that have stuck with me this week:

Does religion make a person more dogmatic and parochial or more open and accepting?

The opposite of faith is not doubt; it is certainty.

A biblical story’s context is central to biblical interpretation: “The better we understand what the ancients were trying to convey about God, power, injustice, evil, suffering, and hope in their world, the better we might be able to make moral connections across space and time in our world.” Context helps us interpret the Bible’s symbolic and metaphoric language for our time.

Walton said, “Moral imagination is similar to faith.” I don’t remember learning much about “moral imagination” when I was young and in school, but I saw moral imagination within those who were working for a better world. Moral imagination drives us to see the world not just as it is, but how it could be. Who among us today with moral imagination is making a difference in the world?

One thought on “Moral imagination”

  1. What a good question. I am sure there are untold thousands and hopefully millions who are exercising their moral imagination.


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