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Theological Aesthetics: A Reader [Paperback]

By Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen (Editor)
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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.

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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. A sampling of the more than 125 primary sources The Early Church: Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Origen, Chrysostom, Augustine, Ambrose, Tertullian The Medieval Church: John Scotus, Anselm, Hildegard of Bingen, Bonaventure, Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich, Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis of Assisi The Reformation: Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries: George Herbert, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, Schleiermacher, Coleridge, Newman, Ruskin, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard The Twentieth Century: Tillich, Rahner, Bonhoeffer, Barth, von Balthasar, Nicholas Berdyaev, Jeremy Begbie, Richard Harries, Sallie McFague, Joan D. Chittister

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.31 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 15, 2005
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Edition  New  
ISBN  0802828884  
ISBN13  9780802828880  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gesa Thiessen is a lecturer at Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy in Dublin and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter. She is a member of the steering group of the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network. Professor Linda Hogan is Head of School, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin.

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theological aesthetics  Apr 1, 2008
This is an excellent resource for those who care about the visual arts and communities of faith. Somewhat intellectually advanced but well worth the effort.
 

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