Theological Aesthetics

This book fills that lacuna by providing an anthology of readings on theological aesthetics drawn from the first century to the present.

Author: Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802828880

Category: Religion

Page: 400

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While interest in the relationship between theology and the arts is on the rise, there are very few resources for students and teachers, let alone a comprehensive text on the subject. This book fills that lacuna by providing an anthology of readings on theological aesthetics drawn from the first century to the present. A superb sourcebook, Theological Aesthetics brings together original texts that are relevant and timely to scholars today. Editor Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen has taken a careful, inclusive approach to the book, including articles and extracts that are diverse and ecumenical as well as representative of gender and ethnicity. The book is organized chronologically, and each historical period begins with commentary by Thiessen that sets the selections in context. These engaging readings range broadly over themes at the intersection of religion and the arts, including beauty and revelation, the vision of God, artistic and divine creation, God as artist, images of God, the interplay of the senses and the intellect, human imagination, mystical writings, meanings of signs and symbols, worship, liturgy, doxology, the relationship of word and image, icons and iconoclasm, the role of the arts in twentieth-century theology, and much more.

Theological Aesthetics after von Balthasar

The general import and place of theological aesthetics in contemporary thought,
as well as the reasons for its conspicuous absence from the period immediately
preceding the second part of the twentieth century, can be described as follows.

Author: Dr James Fodor

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409477932

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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This collection of essays by distinguished authors explores the present-day field of theological aesthetics: from von Balthasar’s contribution and parallel developments to correctives and alternatives to his approach. A tribute to von Balthasar’s own project expands into a dialogue with ancient and medieval traditions in search of revelatory aesthetics. The contributors outline challenges to his approach (including Protestant perspectives) and introduce new ways of viewing the field of theological aesthetics, which ultimately opens up to the idea of concrete cultural contexts and practical human needs determining the use of the arts and aesthetic sensibilities in theology.

Theological Aesthetics

all the rest is presupposed), for which the author is famed as a 'theological
aesthete, to do this is to misunderstand my fundamental intention.” Revelation
calls for a further dimension of engagement that theological aesthetics indicates,
but ...

Author: Richard Viladesau

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195344103

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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This book explores the role of aesthetic experience in our perception and understanding of the holy. Richard Viladesau's goal is to articulate a theology of revelation, examined in relation to three principal dimensions of the aesthetic realm: feeling and imagination; beauty (or taste); and the arts. After briefly considering ways in which theology itself can be imaginative or beautiful, Viladesau concentrates on the theological significance of aesthetic data provided by each of the three major spheres of aesthetic perception and response. Throughout the work, the underlying question is how each of these spheres serves as a source (however ambiguous) of revelation. Although he frames much of his argument in terms of Catholic theology--from the Church Fathers to Karl Rahner, Hans urs von Balthasar, Bernard Lonergan, and David Tracy--Viladesau also makes extensive use of ideas from the Protestant theologian of the arts Gerardus van der Leeuw, and draws insights from such diverse thinkers as Hans Goerg Gadamer, Wolfhart Pannenberg, and Iris Murdoch. His analysis is enlivened by the artistic examples he selects: the music of Mozart as contemplated by Karl Barth, Schoenbergs opera Moses und Aron, the sculptures of Chartres Cathedral, poems by Rilke and Michelangelo, and many others. What emerges from this study is what Viladeseau terms a transcendental theology of aesthetics. In Thomistic terms, he finds that beauty is not only a perfection but a transcendental. That is, any instance of beauty, rightly perceived and rightly understood, can be seen to imply divinely beautiful things as well. In other words, Viladesau argues, God is the absolute and necessary condition for the possibility of beauty.

A Theological Aesthetics of Liberation

Theologians have undertaken theological aesthetics in different ways. following
David Tracy's threefold classification of theological disciplines, Viladesau argues
that it is possible to do theological aesthetics in the way of fundamental theology,

Author: Vicente Chong

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532646143

Category: Religion

Page: 246

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Since its emergence in the sixties of the last century, liberation theology in Latin America has paid little attention to the areas of aesthetics and art. At the same time, theological aesthetics seldom has been directly and explicitly concerned about the reality of the poor and the struggle for justice. This mutual disinterest between liberation theology and theological aesthetics is regrettable, because discerning a correlation between them would benefit both theological disciplines in their attempt to understand the saving action of God in the world. It is the intention of this book to fill that gap. A Theological Aesthetics of Liberation correlates liberation theology and theological aesthetics, exploring different themes such as the liberating power of art, and how the Spirit of God is involved in the process of liberation in and through art. This study is a critical reflection upon the question of the beauty of Jesus Christ, especially in relationship with the event of the cross, and upon its meaning for Christian life. This book analyzes such topics in conversation with important theologians: Gustavo Gutierrez, Jon Sobrino, Karl Rahner, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Edward Schillebeeckx, and other contemporary Christian theologians who have explored these themes.

Karl Rahner s Theological Aesthetics

His prodding me during my doctoral candidacy exams to rethink Rahner in terms
of theological aesthetics and his relationship to Heidegger opened a world of
thought for me. Cyril's careful guidance helped me to navigate this world sensibly

Author: Peter Joseph Fritz

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 0813225930

Category: Religion

Page: 286

View: 194

This innovative book discloses Karl Rahner's foremost achievement: discovering and delineating an ethos of Catholicism, a multi-faceted and comprehensive approach to life in Christ. Karl Rahner's Theological Aesthetics does so by placing the German Jesuit and his teacher, philosopher Martin Heidegger, into a richly detailed dialogue on aesthetics. The book treats classic Rahner topics such as anthropology and Christology. But it breaks new ground by exploring themes such as angels, Mary, and the apocalypse, juxtaposed with analogous philosophical topics in Heidegger.

Theology Aesthetics and Culture

Theology,. Aesthetics,. and. Culture. Robert. MacSwain. Before 1999, David
Brown was best known for a book titled The Divine Trinity.1 Published while he
was University Lecturer in Ethics and Philosophical Theology at Oxford, and
Chaplain ...

Author: Robert MacSwain

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199646821

Category: Religion

Page: 313

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David Brown is a widely-respected theologian who initially made his mark in analytic discussions of Christian doctrine such as the Trinity. With the publication of Tradition and Imagination: Revelation and Change (1999) his career entered a distinctly new phase, focused on theology and the arts. Four related volumes followed, dealing with discipleship, art and icons, place and space, the body, music, metaphor, drama, and popular culture. According to Brown, the fundamental thesis underlying all five volumes is that both natural and revealed theology are in crisis, and the only way out is to give proper attention to the cultural embeddedness of both. This current volume is the first attempt to assess the significance of this remarkable series, and its contributors include some of the most prominent philosophers, theologians, biblical and literary scholars writing today. Aside from its distinguished interdisciplinary line-up, a distinctive feature is sustained consideration of Brown's work on popular culture. It thus provides an exciting and substantial treatment of theology, aesthetics, and culture.

Hans Urs Von Balthasar s Theological Aesthetics

The fourth chapter explicates and assesses both Balthasar's views of scriptural
authority in the Church and the ways in which scripture actually functions
authoritatively in the Theological Aesthetics . In the final chapter , I complete the ...

Author: W. T. Dickens



Category: Religion

Page: 336

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Critically assessing Balthasar's interpretation of scripture in The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics, Dickens demonstrates the extent to which his approach to scripture abides by certain pre-modern interpretive conventions.

Christianity Art and Transformation

This book explores the historical and contemporary relationship between the arts and Christianity.

Author: John W. de Gruchy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521772051

Category: Art

Page: 273

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This book explores the historical and contemporary relationship between the arts and Christianity.

Spirituality Theological Aesthetics and Catechesis

Author: De Luna. Anita



Category: Catechetics

Page: 614

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Music as Theology

He places American writers Charles Sanders Pierce and Josiah Royce into
dialogue and contrast with the theological aesthetics of Balthasar and
philosophical and linguistic aesthetics of semiotics. This is complemented by his
own particular ...

Author: Maeve Louise Heaney

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621894290

Category: Religion

Page: 360

View: 216

"The conversation between music and theology, dormant for too long in recent years, is at last gathering pace. And rightly so. There will always be theologians who will regard music as a somewhat peripheral concern, too trivial to trouble the serious scholar, and in any case almost impossible to engage because of its notorious resistance to words and concepts. But an increasing number are discovering again what many of our forbears realized centuries ago, that the kinship between this pervasive feature of human life and the search for a Christian 'intelligence of faith' is intimate and ineradicable. Maeve Heaney's ambitious, wide-ranging, and energetic book pushes the conversation further forward still. Her approach is unapologetically theological, grounded in the passions and concerns of mainstream doctrinal theology. And yet she is insisting . . . that music must be given its due place in the ecology of theology. Although convinced that music should not be set up as a rival to linguistic or conceptual articulation, let alone swallow up 'traditional' modes of theological language and thought, she is equally convinced that music is an irreducible means of coming to terms with the world, a unique vehicle of world-disclosure, and as such, can generate a particular form of 'understanding': 'there are things which God may only be saying through music.' If this is so, it is incumbent on the theologian to listen." --Jeremy Begbie, from the Foreword

The Glory of the Lord

COMPLETE WORK Edited by Joseph Fessio , S . J . , and John Riches 1 .

Author: Hans Urs von Balthasar

Publisher: Glory of the Lord


Category: Religion

Page: 419

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Aesthetic Revelation

introduction The Hermeneutical Problem Ancient and medieval texts have been a
continuous source of inspiration for contemporary philosophers and theologians
who explore the area of the aesthetic, in particular the idea that aesthetic ...

Author: Oleg Bychkov

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 0813217318

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 349

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Oleg Bychkov's masterly exposition also shows how the texts analyzed have significantly influenced the development of Western theological thought.

Theology and the Future

21 For Balthasar theology as art is an alternative to the rationalistic 'scientific'
theology of Scholasticism. I will call this approach aesthetic theology, but I mean
by it what von Balthasar denoted 'theological aesthetics'.22 Aesthetic theology ...

Author: Trevor Cairney

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567623939

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Theology was once 'queen of the sciences', the integrating centre of Christendom's conceptual universe. In our own time the very idea of systematic theology is frequently called into question, derided as an arcane and superstitious pseudo-discipline. Even within the church, it is commonly disregarded in favour of unreflective piety and pragmatism. At the same time, the southward shift in world Christianity's centre of gravity prompts crucial questions about the future form and content of theology. Within this context, Theology and the Future offers a case for the continuing viability of theology, exploring how it might adapt to changing circumstances, and discussing its implications for how we are to imagine and help shape our shared human future. Beginning with the question of God, this book explores what might be meant by 'the future of God', and what its implications are for Christian theology. Chapters follow on the location of theology (in global Christianity, the church and the academy) and on its sources and method. The second half of the book explores a wide variety of dimensions of the human future that theology might address and illuminate. The essays bring together a mix of specialist theologians and interdisciplinary thinkers to support the assertion that there can be no more critical endeavor to the future than understanding God and all things in relationship to him.

The Community of the Beautiful

With the publication of The Community of the Beautiful, Professor Garcia-rivera joins the ranks of major theologians in the United States; and in the true spirit of mestizaje, his work not only endows Hispanic-American theology with new ...

Author: Alejandro R. Garcia-Rivera

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814659236

Category: Religion

Page: 211

View: 310

With the publication of The Community of the Beautiful, Professor Garcia-rivera joins the ranks of major theologians in the United States; and in the true spirit of mestizaje, his work not only endows Hispanic-American theology with new depth of insight, but it also enriches theologically the entire Church. It simultaneously advances both Hispanic American and Euro-American theology by setting those two cultural and theological traditions into a remarkable creative and speculative dialogue.

Sor Juana

theological aesthetics throughout the ages is to silence the marginalized voices
of those who continued the tradition of seeing aesthetics as central to theological
expression. Whilecertainly not thecase for everythinker examined, the ...

Author: Gonzalez, Michelle A.

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608333876

Category: Religion


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Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a seventeenth-century Mexican nun, is one of the most compelling figures of her age. A prolific writer, a learned scholar, and the first woman theologian of the Americas, she was also a defender of the dignity and rights of women in the midst of a fiercely patriarchal culture. In this study, Michelle Gonzalez examines Sor Juana’s contributions as a foremother of many currents of contemporary theology. In particular, in joining aesthetics with the quest for truth and justice, her work and witness suggest new avenues for Hispanic, feminist, and other liberation theologies.

Theology and Conversation

Towards a Relational Theology Jacques Haers, P. De Mey. TASTES OF
Aesthetics is born as a dis ...

Author: Jacques Haers

Publisher: Peeters Publishers

ISBN: 9789042913882

Category: Religion

Page: 931

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This collection of articles presents the main contributions to the third LEST (Louvain Encounters in Systematic Theology) conference, held at the K.U.Leuven's Faculty of Theology, November 2001. Its theme, Theology and Conversation: Towards a Relational Theology, continues the explorations in contemporary theology as set out in the 1997 LEST I conference on The Myriad Christ (BETL 152) and in the 1999 LEST II conference on Sacramental Presence in Postmodern Context (BETL 160). In LEST III also, the plurality and diversity of theological approaches play a major role and the question is raised whether the contemporary theological endeavour in a global world contains in itself the tools to respectfully and constructively approach this diversity. The ideas of relation and conversation, as found in the theologies of the Trinity and of creation, as presupposed in ecclesial praxis, and as articulated in reflections that take their bearings from spiritual experience, provide a powerful means for renewed theological reflection capable of confronting plurality and diversity.


4 (1994) 997–1011, in his preface to Richard Viladesau, Theological Aesthetics.
God in Imagination, Beauty and Art (New York: Oxford, 1999). 27. Ibid. Viladesau,
Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham University, is also author of The ...

Author: James Romaine

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630871826

Category: Social Science

Page: 376

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ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art examines the application of art historical methods to the history of Christianity and art. As methods of art history have become more interdisciplinary, there has been a notable emergence of discussions of religion in art history as well as related fields such as visual culture and theology. This book represents the first critical examination of scholarly methodologies applied to the study of Christian subjects, themes, and contexts in art. ReVisioning contains original work from a range of scholars, each of whom has addressed the question, in regard to a well-known work of art or body of work, "How have particular methods of art history been applied, and with what effect?" The study moves from the third century to the present, providing extensive treatment and analysis of art historical methods applied to the history of Christianity and art.

The Beauty of the Triune God

The Theological Aesthetics of Jonathan Edwards Kin Yip Louie. without
overwhelming his doctrines with philosophical speculations. We hope to show
that theological concern is central to the Edwards' aesthetics. Edwards is not
constructing ...

Author: Kin Yip Louie

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621898105

Category: Religion

Page: 246

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The eighteenth-century Puritan theologian Jonathan Edwards has become popular again in contemporary theological discussion. Central to Edwards' theology is his concept of beauty. Delattre wrote the standard work on this topic half a century ago. However, Delattre approaches Edwards mainly as a philosopher, and he does not address how Edwards employs the concept of beauty to explain and defend traditional Reformed doctrines. Recent writings by McClymond, Holmes, and others have shown that defending the Reformed tradition is a fundamental concern of Edwards. This work reveals how Edwards, starting with the common notion that beauty means the appropriate proportional relationship, develops a theological aesthetic that contributes to a rational understanding of major doctrines such as the Trinity, Christology, and eschatology. It shows that Edwards is both an innovative speculative theologian and a staunch defender of Reformed orthodoxy.

Theology in the Present Age

The content of theology can so enamor a person that they become fascinated
with the discipline apart from faith. When this happens the rigor ... Glory of the
Lord—A Theological Aesthetics: Studies in Theological Styles—Clerical Styles,
Vol. 2.

Author: Christopher Ben Simpson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 162189844X

Category: Religion

Page: 322

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This volume of essays centers on the theme of doing Christian theology in the present postmodern context, a consistent theme of the teaching of John D. Castelein. The work will celebrate and honor John's years of service by representing reflections of his teaching in the thought of his students and colleagues. The essays range over such topics as theological reflections on the postmodern philosophical themes, the relations between Christian theology and culture, the contributions of philosophical hermeneutics for Christian theology, and the challenges of engaging in ministry in a postmodern context. The seventeen contributors to the volume are former students and both present and former colleagues involved in various ministries, be they in a college setting or in a local church.

Fully Alive

[trans. Graham Harrison; Freiburg in Breisgau: Herder Verlag, 1980]). —The
Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics (Vol. I; Joseph Fessio, SJ and John
Riches (eds.), trans. Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis; San Francisco: Ignatius Press,
1982–91) ...

Author: Jason A. Fout

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567659453

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Numerous contemporary theologians depict divine glory as overwhelming to or competitive with human agency. In effect, this makes humanity a threat to God's glory, and causes God's glory to remain opaque to human enquiry and foreign to human life. Karl Barth and Hans Urs von Balthasar have avoided this tendency, instead depicting God's glory as enabling people to participate in glorifying God. Nevertheless both accounts fall short of their initial promise by giving one-dimensional accounts of human obedience to God within largely conventional divine command accounts of ethics. The form of human obedience they present as compatible with divine glory does not actively overwhelm the human, but rather brackets out her agency as inappropriate in the face of divine revelation or command. And so, ironically, on these accounts God's glory remains opaque to human enquiry and foreign to human life. This study builds a case for seeing divine glory as intrinsically relational, creating a sociality which allows for a human agency transfigured by God's glory. Moving beyond Barth and von Balthasar, this work turns to theological exegesis of Scripture to construct an alternative account of divine glory. This glory is worked out in the act of glorifying: first in God, then in divine glorifying of humans, creating a responsive human glorifying of God; and finally in processes of honouring or glorifying among humans. Divine glory is shown to be consistent with a responsive and creative human obedience to God, and shown to constitute human agency which is creaturely and dependent yet not overwhelmed.