LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture


Theology, Poetics, Psychotherapy—The Field of the Imagination: Some Reflections on the Legacy of William F. Lynch, S.J.

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Spring 1997

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I vividly recall the high interest with which I read the series of essays on "Theology and the Imagination" that the late Fr. William Lynch (or "Bill Lynch," as I think of and affectionately remember him) published in the Fordham University quarterly Thought between the spring of 1954 and the summer of 1958. Together, they presented the essential substance of the argument that was to be more elaborately developed in his book of 1960, Christ and Apollo:The Dimensions of the Literary Imagination. And, when this book appeared, it made for me at the time an astonishment that, beyond a small circle (Allen Tate and Wystan Auden and a handful of others), the remarkable intelligence that was at work here attracted virtually no attention at all, this no doubt reflecting the immensity of the distance that separates those granting hospitality to theological perspectives from the general intellectual and literary life of our period.Within the theological community itself he was, of course, on the American scene the first thinker since Horace Bushnell in the middle years of the nineteenth century to take cognizance of how natural and profound an alliance religion has with the procedures of the imagination .


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