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God and Grace of Body: Sacrament in Ordinary [Hardcover]

By David Brown (Author)
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This book is for those interested in theology and culture, in music and religion; sociologists, cultural historians.

David Brown explores the ways in which the symbolic associations of the body and what we do with it have helped shape religious experience and continue to do so.

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David Brown explores the ways in which the symbolic associations of the body and what we do with it have helped shape religious experience and continue to do so. A Church narrowly focused on Christ's body wracked in pain needs to be reminded that the body as beautiful and sexual has also played a crucial role not only in other religions but also in the history of Christianity itself. Dance was one way in which the connection was expressed. The irony is not that such a connection has gone but that it now exists almost wholly outside the Church. Much the same could be said about music more generally, and Brown writes excitingly about the spiritual potential of not just classical music but also pop, jazz, musicals, and opera. Like Brown's much-praised earlier volumes, God and Enchantment of Place, Tradition and Imagination, and Discipleship and Imagination, the present book will enlarge horizons and challenge the narrowness of much theological thinking.

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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.63" Width: 6.49" Height: 1.25"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2007
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0199231826  
ISBN13  9780199231829  

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David Brown is Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham, and a Fellow of the British Academy.

David Brown was born in 1948.

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Sacrament in ordinary  Jan 2, 2009
'God and Grace of Body' is the middle book in a series of three which explore how aspects of culture and human society display the presence of God. In this book he focuses on finding God in physical beauty through paintings and sculpture, through dance, food and drink and through ugliness and physical mortification, such as practised by ascetics. He then looks for God in music, focusing on classical and pop music but also briefly discussing blues, musicals and opera. In the third, much shorter, section of this book, he looks at finding God in the Eucharist.

It's clear from reading this book that David Brown is very widely read with an open mind and an appealing ability to find the divine in the ordinary. I particularly enjoyed his chapters on pop music and on art, although I was a little disappointed that the eight plates in the book which showed works of art were in black and white rather than colour. It wasn't always easy to follow his descriptions of art without the images or his comments on song lyrics without those lyrics but the book certainly opened up a wider world of opportunity in finding God in the world with a vast set of footnotes offering suggestions for further reading. I liked his non-judgmental and openminded stance and his ability to relate to different aspects of culture but I was left wondering for whom precisely this book is aimed and what exactly its point is, other than to hopefully generate discussion.

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