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The Sacred Community: Art, Sacrament, and the People of God
     

The Sacred Community: Art, Sacrament, and the People of God

by David Jasper
 

Liturgical, sacramental, and historical, The Sacred Community is a masterful work of theological aesthetics. David Jasper draws upon a rich variety of texts and images from literature, art, and religious tradition to explore the liturgical community gathered around—and most fully constituted by—the moment of the Sanctus in the Eucharistic liturgy

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Liturgical, sacramental, and historical, The Sacred Community is a masterful work of theological aesthetics. David Jasper draws upon a rich variety of texts and images from literature, art, and religious tradition to explore the liturgical community gathered around—and most fully constituted by—the moment of the Sanctus in the Eucharistic liturgy. From art and architecture to pilgrimage and politics Jasper places this community in the midst of the contemporary world.

Editorial Reviews

Theological Book Review - Taylor Worley

The rich layers of theological reflection with which [Jasper] weaves together his conversation between the arts and Christian liturgy benefit from not only a host of modern and contemporary artists, writers and poets with religious concerns but also from particularly poignant soundings on these matters from various cultural voices among the likes of philosophers, scientists, and historians.

Literature and Theology - Bradley A. Johnson

Jasper’s illustration of this repetition and remembrance of betrayal in the composition and reading of the Gospel of Mark, and how this complex web of multifold betrayals are inseparable from the ‘good news’ itself, is subtle and a masterful wedding of literary theory and theology.

CHOICE Advance - D. R. Boscaljon

Stylistically, Jasper's ability to make surprising connections enthralls, baffles, and enchants--often simultaneously--making this book a nourishing and exciting springboard for contemplation.

Literature and Theology Journal - Bradley Johnson

Ranging from the writings of and about the Desert Fathers and Mothers, classic texts by medieval mystics, works of classical and modern art, and contemporary Continental philosophy, Jasper reads each as work of literature with theological secrets to tell. The elusive, oracular quality of his writing can be at times difficult, but more often than not even his most meditative and specialist pieces are conversational and inviting.

From the Publisher

"Intensely reflective and deeply moving. Ranging widely over the landscape of ancient and modern theology, literature, and history alike, this rich and rewarding work explores the grace of a self-emptying God and the gift of sacred community."
--Roger Lundin author of Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age

"In Sacred Community, Jasper demonstrates how the Christian community plays a significant role in God's plan for human salvation. Both informative and contemplative, Jasper's imagination is truly universal in its breadth, drawing from western and eastern traditions, philosophy, and the arts and sciences. He has a poet's ear for language."
--Thomas Scirghi, Associate Professor of Theology, Fordham University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602585584
Publisher:
Baylor University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Thomas Scirghi

In Sacred Community, Jasper demonstrates how the Christian community plays a significant role in God's plan for human salvation. Both informative and contemplative, Jasper's imagination is truly universal in its breadth, drawing from western and eastern traditions, philosophy, and the arts and sciences. He has a poet's ear for language.

Roger Lundin

Intensely reflective and deeply moving. Ranging widely over the landscape of ancient and modern theology, literature, and history alike, this rich and rewarding work explores the grace of a self-emptying God and the gift of sacred community.

Meet the Author

David Jasper is Professor of Literature and Theology at the University of Glasgow and is Distinguished Overseas Professor of Comparative Literature in the School of Liberal Arts at Renmin University of China.

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