Theological Aesthetics after Von Balthasar

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This collection of essays by distinguished authors explores the present-day field of theological aesthetics: from von Balthasar's contribution and parallel developments to correctives and alternatives to his approach. A tribute to von Balthasar's own project expands into a dialogue with ancient and medieval traditions in search of revelatory aesthetics. The contributors outline challenges to his approach (including Protestant perspectives) and introduce new ways of viewing the field of theological aesthetics, which ultimately opens up to the idea of concrete cultural contexts and practical human needs determining the use of the arts and aesthetic sensibilities in theology.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction Oleg Bychkov Bychkov, Oleg

Pt. I The Legacy of von Balthasar

Sect. A The Trilogy

1 Hans Urs von Balthasar: Beauty as a Gateway to Love Francesca Aran Murphy Murphy, Francesca Aran 5

2 Hans Urs von Balthasar's 'Theatre of the World': The Aesthetic of a Dramatics Ben Quash Quash, Ben 19

Sect. B Retrieving the Past

3 Transcending the Aesthetic: Gadamer on Tragedy and the Tragic Daniel L. Tate Tate, Daniel L. 35

4 The Beautiful after Thomas Aquinas: Questioning Present-day Concepts Gunther Poltner Poltner, Gunther 51

5 Divine Delight: Acceptatio and the Economy of Salvation in Duns Scotus Mary Beth Ingham Ingham, Mary Beth 59

6 Hopkins, Scotus and von Balthasar: Philosophical Theology in Poetry Bernadette Waterman Ward Ward, Bernadette Waterman 67

Pt. II Von Balthasar: Some Criticisms

7 Balthasar, Hopkins and the 'English Tradition' Fergus Kerr Kerr, Fergus 81

8 Von Balthasar and Protestant Aesthetics: A Mutually Corrective Conversation Lee Barrett Barrett, Lee 97

9 Is the Time Right for a Theological Aesthetics? George Pattison Pattison, George 107

Pt. III Outside von Balthasar: The Spectrum of Theological Aesthetics

Sect. A General Perspectives

10 Beyond Beauty and the Aesthetic in the Engagement of Religion and Art Nicholas Wolterstorff Wolterstorff, Nicholas 119

11 The Beauty of the Cross Richard Viladesau Viladesau, Richard 135

12 Is Good Art Good for Religion? Frank Burch Brown Brown, Frank Burch 153

13 On A New List of Aesthetic Categories Alejandro Garcia-Rivera Garcia-Rivera, Alejandro 169

Sect. B Specific Issues

14 'Alien Beauty': Parabolic Judgment and the Witnessof Faith James Fodor Fodor, James 187

15 The Strange and the Self: Visual Arts and Theology in Aboriginal and Other(Post-) Colonial Spaces Sigurd Bergmann Bergmann, Sigurd 201

16 Aesthetics and the Built Environment Timothy Gorringe Gorringe, Timothy 225

Index 235

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