Friday, July 30, 2010

'a lively communal imagination'

Trying to gather the rest of my thoughts.

Heschel is quite astounding. There is a great primer on Speaking of Faith here. And Jim Gordon has some great reflections here.

And Joann Sfar's movie finally is released in [part of] the English speaking world. There is a a fantastic Guardian interview here. Definitely worth a listen.
And here's the trailer:

And just to mix it up a bit more. Thinking about part of what I was trying to say in my Wikileaks cartoon (and returning to what I was thinking about when I drew my very first post) I was stuck solidly by this, from the introduction to the 2001 edition of Walter Bruegemann's The Prophetic Imagination:

"Cavanagh then concludes in a reflection on [Imagining Argentina]:

To refer to torture as the ‘imagination of the state’ as I have done is obviously not to deny the reality of torture, but to call attention to the fact that torture is part of a drama of inscribing bodies to perform certain roles in the imaginative project which is the nation-state. Likewise, in Imagining Argentina, Carlos's imagination is manifested in real effects: escaping the imagination of the state means that bodies go free. The imagination is defined as nothing less than "the magnificent cause of being". Thornton's novel provides us with a glimpse of what it means to make the odd claim that the Eucharist is the key to Christian resistance to torture. To participate in the Eucharist is to live inside God's imagination. It is to be caught up in what is really real, the body of Christ. As human persons, body and soul incorporated into the performance of Christ's corpus verum, they resist the state's ability to define what is real through the mechanism of torture...

...It may be, however, that torture and consumer satiation perform the same negative function: to deny a lively communal imagination that resists a mindless humanity of despairing conformity...Numbness does not hurt like torture, but in a quite parallel way, numbness robs us of our capability for humanity." (pp. xix-xx)

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