I commend to your hearing Kevin Bauder in a recent Central Baptist Theological Seminary chapel message. He argues that the moral imagination is one of the most important faculties for knowing God. While Bauder is careful to say that we should continue to emphasize doctrine, he adds that
We have a need to ponder biblical imagery, and to unpack its meaning. . . . When we focus only on discursive doctrine, we may get all of our thinking right, but doctrines stated propositionally lack the power to reach our hearts and to change our conduct. I think its the biblical images, and other biblical vehicles–stories, poetry, apocalyptic–that have the power to punch through the veneer and get into to our hearts and to begin to alter the way that we actually feel toward God and toward reality. We need to ponder the biblical imagery, we need to unpack its meaning, and we need to meditate on it.