Creativity, Love, and Metaphor: A Christological Perspective

Eric E. Hall


This essay treats the concept of divine creativity, arguing that such creativity emerges both within an absolute context and is motivated by love. The key term for this concept of divine creativity stems from a proper understanding of metaphor – the incorporation of new meaning within an already familiar term – which not only grounds all creative acts but also illuminates divine creativity in this loving context. That is, to the degree that God's creativity emerges in and through the person of Christ, and to the degree that, what we say of Christ can be said of God, the total nature of God can be unfold through the concept of self-sacrificial love. This love must includes God's creativity for consistency's sake.

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