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Religions 2018, 9(1), 18;

Romantism, Amazement, Imagination—A trias religiosa

Maastricht University, Minderbroedersberg 4-6, 6211 LK Maastricht, The Netherlands
University of Utrecht, Domplein 29, 3512 JE Utrecht, The Netherlands
University of Groningen, 9712 CP Groningen, The Netherlands
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1300 Morris Park Ave, Bronx, NY 10461, USA
Received: 14 November 2017 / Revised: 28 December 2017 / Accepted: 2 January 2018 / Published: 9 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Suicide Prevention, Religion and Spirituality)
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To wonder is a gift of the romanticist in particular. Wonder seeks explanation. If reason doesn’t provide that, imagination provides a way out. One imagines a transcendental world of which the God-idea may become the central point and the explanatory model of that that invoked wonder. The God-idea implies wonder, wonder that live exists, that things exist at all. Wonder promotes religiosity—i.c., the need to provide life with a vertical dimension—and religiosity facilitates, in its turn, wonder. Thus the circle is closed: romanticism, wonder, imagination, religiosity, wonder. A circle providing life with an important bonus, i.e., sense, meaning with a supernatural signature. This augments the chance that hope will be preserved, even as dark clouds begin to hover above one’s life. View Full-Text
Keywords: wonder; imagination; romanticism; religiosity; God-idea; suicide wonder; imagination; romanticism; religiosity; God-idea; suicide
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