Malcolm Guite is a poet, priest and theologian. Years of inhabiting these roles has led him to the belief that we’re relying far too much on reason and thought in the formation of our faith, and are overlooking the significance of the ‘poetic imagination’.  He believes that we can find deep truth in the imagination and that poetry can bring our faith alive in a way that nothing else can. It’s a fascinating and hope-filled conversation!


If you want more from Malcolm then have a read of his latest book Faith, Hope and Poetry, which explores in greater depth many of the themes we touched on in the interview. And when you’re finished with that, there’s plenty more books and collections of poems, to be getting on with.

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4 comments on “Malcolm Guite – Finding God with the Poetic Imagination (N154)

  1. This is one of my favorite episodes you’ve done (along with everything by NT Wright (of course) and Alistair McIntosh, and the addition of David). Just reinforces my need to engage with YHWH and reality on a more visceral level. And furthers my growing understanding of how to engage with scripture as literature; and express truth through art.

    More of this kind of thing please.

  2. Abigail May 7, 2018

    This episode is still probably my all-time favourite, and how I found you guys- I watched a Youtube video by Malcolm Guite about Advent and had to hear more, so I searched his name in my podcast app and found Nomad! Here I am dozens of episodes later. Thanks for the time and energy you all put into each episode. It’s greatly appreciated in my home, and has instigated many, many great conversations. Keep up the good work!

    Abigail in southwest Florida, U.S.A.

    • So glad you found us Abigail, and are finding nomad helpful. Malcolm is a legend, isn’t he?!

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