Theological Aesthetics: God in Imagination, Beauty, and Art

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This book explores the role of aesthetic experience in our perception and understanding of the holy. Richard Viladesau's goal is to articulate a theology of revelation, examined in relation to three principal dimensions of the aesthetic realm: feeling and imagination: beauty (or taste); and the arts. After briefly considering ways in which theology itself can be imaginative or beautiful, Viladesau concentrates on the theological significance of aesthetic data provided by each of the three major spheres of ...
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Overview

This book explores the role of aesthetic experience in our perception and understanding of the holy. Richard Viladesau's goal is to articulate a theology of revelation, examined in relation to three principal dimensions of the aesthetic realm: feeling and imagination: beauty (or taste); and the arts. After briefly considering ways in which theology itself can be imaginative or beautiful, Viladesau concentrates on the theological significance of aesthetic data provided by each of the three major spheres of aesthetic perception and response. Throughout the work, the underlying question is how each of these spheres serves as a source (however ambiguous) of revelation.
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"Theological Aesthetics is a carefully argued, scholarly, theologically astute, and distinctive study, and makes a noteworthy contribution to a field that has only recently begun to receive the sustained attention that it deserves. It has a kind of integrity and depth that is all too rare in books on theology and the arts."--Frank Burch Brown, editor of The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts

"...Bracingly intelligent."--Commonweal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199959761
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/21/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Viladesau is Associate Professor of Theology and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Theology, Fordham University.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
1. Theology and Aesthetics
2. God in Thought and in Imagination: Representing the Unimaginable
3. Divine Revelation and Human Perception
4. God and the Beautiful: Beautiful as a Way to God
5. Art and the Sacred
6. The Beautiful and the Good
Appendix: Original Texts of Poetry Quoted in Translation
Notes
Index

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