Imagination and Transfiguration
There are many good reasons to believe that there are serious hindrances to the intellectually and spiritually fruitful exercise of the imagination in contemporary life. Madeleine L'Engle draws out this observation by noting that a major and startling moment presented by the Gospels, the Transfiguration, is largely ignored by contemporary Christians, probably, she speculates,"because we are afraid." "We are afraid of the Transfiguration for much the same reason that people are afraid that theatre is a "lie," that a story isn't "true," that art is somehow immoral, carnal and not spiritual." Such fear, surely, derives from our basic distrust of the imagination's ability to convey something other than projections of our own desires.
Jordan, Michael C.
"Imagination and Transfiguration,"
LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture: Vol. 1
, Article 11.
Available at: https://ir.stthomas.edu/logos/vol1/iss1/11