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How God Captures the Imagination

Brian Godawa, Hollywood screenwriter and best-selling novelist, explores the nature of imagination in the Bible and how it relates to apologetics and evangelism.   

He explains how God subverts pagan religions by appropriating their imagery and creativity and redeeming them within a Biblical worldview.   

Improve your imagination in glorifying God and defending the faith.   

You will discover what C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Francis Schaeffer understood about Christian apologetics and Biblical evangelism.    

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. 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 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 was subversive storytelling: Retelling society’s narrative through a Gospel lens.   
  • Imagination in Prophecy and Apocalypse - How God uses symbolism to both obscure and reveal meaning in prophecy.   
  • 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.    
©2016 Brian Godawa (P)2016 Brian Godawa

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Yet another new way to view the world.

Though I have purchased so far all Brian's books, the last few I struggled to finish. When we have to dig so deep to discover what the Bible does not really mean, its a bit like salt that's lost its saltiness. Weather he is right or wrong I do not know, but his writings about the apocalypse sound like this book. You really mean to say "creation does not really mean creation"? That brining order to chaos is the real meaning of creation...?
I hope I miss understood, but do not expect the excitement and freshness of the Chronicles of the Nephilim. This book requires argument from authority. Godawa's authority, which is quite enormous. But when I read the Bible without the confusion and apparent contradictions of the "ancient near eastern context" at least I can believe my own eyes.

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Disappointing

I have nearly all of Brian Godawa‘s books and I must say I have really enjoyed all of his books until this one.

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  • C. Cri
  • Chicagoland IL
  • 06-10-18

great job from Brian Godawa

i have listen to all of the chronicles of the nephilim series and continue to enjoy listening to inspired wisdom of this man of God.
Keep up the good work!

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Take scripture on its own trems, not the modernist

Brian Godawa does a great job in suggesting we all take scripture on its own terms from the culture it came from and stop forcing a modernist worldview to skew its interpretation. The scripture is far better and far more meaningful if you understand the cultural context from which the contributors of the overall Canon of scripture came from; what was the worldview and cultural context of the writers that God used from different places over a long period of time, yet still producing an amazing harmony of purpose in what came to be known as The Holy Bible. It's definitely worth reading or listening to.