Sounding the Depths

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'Sounding the Depths shows clearly why it is essential for the Church to engage with the arts, and how the Theology Through the Arts project has helped to bring to birth some striking examples of Christian art.'
Patrick Sherry, Professor of Philosophical Theology, Lancaster University
Emerging out of an international arts festival held in Cambridge in September 2000, Sounding the Depths brings a number of prominent artists (including sculptors, musicians and filmmakers) together...
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Overview

'Sounding the Depths shows clearly why it is essential for the Church to engage with the arts, and how the Theology Through the Arts project has helped to bring to birth some striking examples of Christian art.'
Patrick Sherry, Professor of Philosophical Theology, Lancaster University
Emerging out of an international arts festival held in Cambridge in September 2000, Sounding the Depths brings a number of prominent artists (including sculptors, musicians and filmmakers) together with theologians, and reflects the intensive conversations and collaboration between them that characterised the event itself. While the essays engage with the considerable variety of ways in which the arts can enrich the theological enterprise, they are informed throughout by the conviction that theology not only can benefit from the arts, but that it actually needs them. Indeed, while some have claimed that to allow.; the arts a substantial place in theology means that theology becomes less rigorous, this book holds out for the opposite position: that the arts can generate greater rigour and precision, and thus help theology to be more appropriate to its own subject-matter, which is the disciplined pursuit of wisdom in particular practical contexts.
This is a book that will be mandatory reading for all students of theology and the arts, and will also have strong appeal to anybody with an interest in how theology engages appropriately both with other disciplines and with contemporary culture in general.
Contributors: Jeremy Begbie, Lorraine Cavanagh, Jonathan Clarke, David F Ford. Nigel Forde, Vanessa Herrick, John Inge, James MacMillan, Alistair I McFadyen, Megan O'Connor, Michael O'Connor, Ben Quash, Paul Spicer, Michael Symmons Roberts, Jo Bailey Wells, Rowan Williams, Nicholas Woiterstorff. Tons Wright
Jeremy Begbie is Reader in Theology and Associate Director of the Institute of Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of St Andrews. He is also Vice-Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and an affiliated lecturer in divinity in the University of Cambridge. His publications include Theology. Mush. and Time, Voicing Creation's Praise and Beholding the Glory.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780334028703
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp
  • Publication date: 12/28/2012
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Figures
Acknowledgements
Contributors
1 Introduction 1
Parthenogenesis 17
2 Making it Strange: Theology in Other(s') Words 19
3 Parthenogenesis 33
4 Study for the World's Body 39
5 Libretto for Parthenogenesis 41
6 A Play of Absences 47
Till Kingdom Come 57
7 The Playwright's Tale 59
8 Dramatic Theology: York, Lambeth and Cambridge 71
9 The Play Beyond the Play 92
10 A Moment's Truth 105
The Way of Life 117
11 Art in a Cathedral 119
12 Interview with Jonathan Clarke 159
13 The Way of Life in Three Dimensions 166
Easter Oratorio 177
14 Easter Oratorio: The Composer's Perspective 179
15 Resurrection: From Theology to Music and Back Again 193
16 Why do we Shrink From Joy? 213
17 Afterword 221
Further Reading 233
Index 236
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