Christianity, Art and Transformation: Theological Aesthetics in the Struggle for Justice

Christianity, Art and Transformation: Theological Aesthetics in the Struggle for Justice

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by John W. de Gruchy
     
 

"Christianity, Art and Transformation explores the historical and contemporary relationship between the arts and Christianity with reference to the transformation of society. Several major themes are discussed, among them the power of images, the relationship between aesthetics and ethics, the nature of beauty and its redemptive capacity, aesthetic existence and… See more details below

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"Christianity, Art and Transformation explores the historical and contemporary relationship between the arts and Christianity with reference to the transformation of society. Several major themes are discussed, among them the power of images, the relationship between aesthetics and ethics, the nature of beauty and its redemptive capacity, aesthetic existence and Christian discipleship, and the role of art in the public square and in the life of the church. The book is a contribution to the study of theological aesthetics today from both an ecumenical and Reformed perspective, global in its scope yet rooted in the author's South African context."--BOOK JACKET.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521089500
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/06/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,348,730
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

List of plates
Preface
Introduction1
Pt. IHistorical Trajectories9
1The power of sacred images11
Christ, Apollo or Dionysus?13
Art in Christian origins17
Icons, idolatry and incarnation21
Privileging the word and patronage of the arts29
Stripping sanctuaries and chastening art35
The struggle continues49
2The beautiful, the ugly and the holy53
Aesthetics of modernity and the Romantic spirit55
Christ on Parnassus revisited67
Beauty, bad taste and sin74
From aestheticism to fascism82
Pt. IITheological Reflection95
3The redemptive power of beauty97
The glory of the Lord102
God's joyful beauty111
The alien beauty of the cross122
The drama of world redemption128
4Restoring broken themes of praise136
Aesthetic judgement in doing theology138
Recovering aesthetic existence147
Christ and the polyphony of life158
Pt. IIIAesthetic Praxis169
5Art in the public square171
Constructing the public square176
Architecture and ethics in a colonial context184
Transformation, art and culture191
Imaging resistance and hope in South Africa203
6Art in the life of the church213
Connecting sanctuary and public square213
The beauty of holiness221
Sacred, religious or spiritual art?228
Artistic creativity and Christian conviction239
Doing theological aesthetics in context248
Select bibliography255
Index of names259
Index of biblical references263
Index of subjects and places264

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