The Transfiguration of Christ and Creation

Overview

The biblical story of Jesus' Transfiguration "on a high mountain" bristles with meanings germane to present-day concerns and spiritual longings. Together with its later artistic representations, this episode from the synoptic gospels seizes the imagination as an icon of mystical hope, beauty, and possibility. What might such an iconic episode, long honored liturgically in the Eastern church, disclose not only about Jesus, but also about the prospect of seeing our human nature transformed? And as interpreted by ...

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Overview

The biblical story of Jesus' Transfiguration "on a high mountain" bristles with meanings germane to present-day concerns and spiritual longings. Together with its later artistic representations, this episode from the synoptic gospels seizes the imagination as an icon of mystical hope, beauty, and possibility. What might such an iconic episode, long honored liturgically in the Eastern church, disclose not only about Jesus, but also about the prospect of seeing our human nature transformed? And as interpreted by Christian tradition since the patristic era, what might it tell us about the worth of envisioning not just a conservation or preservation of natural resources but a transfiguration of all creation, and about how this "feast of beauty" could re-energize current discussions of Christianity's relation to environmental attitudes and policy? Such questions are addressed in this book through an original blend of personal reflection with commentary on relevant theological and scriptural texts, literary works, music, and art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608996742
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 166

Meet the Author

John Gatta is Professor of English and Dean of the College at Sewanee: The University of the South. His publications include Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present ( 2004), together with other books and numerous articles.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Introduction: The Transfiguration as Verbal Icon xv

Part I Three Aspects of Transfiguration

1 Icon of the Invisible God 3

2 And we shall all be changed 12

3 Transfiguring the Material World 24

Part II Consequences of a Transfiguration Gospel

4 Death and Transfiguration 41

5 Toward a Spirituality of Transfiguration 52

6 Liturgies, Festivals, and the Prospect of a Transfigurative "Earth Day" 64

7 The Art of Transfiguration 76

8 Transforming Society 87

9 Another Metamorphosis: The Greening of Religious Culture 99

10 Postlude: A Sequence of Meditations on Metamorphosis 119

Appendix: Sermon Preached in the University Chapel, Sewanee, 1911, On the Feast of the Transfiguration William Porcher DuBose 131

Bibliography 137

Index of Names 143

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