The book provides some colorful and original sketches for a theology of art from a creative thinker.
The great value of this book is the way its author . . . brings together such diverse pieces. . . . This book reflects wide reading, deep humanity, and enthusiasm.
The book's clear, illustrative language as well as the range of topics and perspectives offered makes it suitable for students, professional theologians, artists, ministers and the interested lay reader . . . García-Rivera creates a hospitable environment through which the reader can apply his or her own experience of faith, art and the created world. . . . By offering his thoughts on humanity's relationship to beauty, García-Rivera has produced a courageous and timely theological experiment that takes Christian images seriously. It is a valuable resource for anyone working to integrate his or her spiritual theology with imaginative prayer and the pursuit of art.
New Theology Review
Anyone who aspires to be a wounded healer would profit from a reading of A Wounded Innocence.
Robert Brusic, Luther Seminary, Word & World
A Wounded Innocence is breath-taking in the range of works of art it covers. . . . The author displays an awe-inspiring grasp of church history, contemporary theology and art history.
Art and Christianity
Alejandro García-Rivera is more systematic than most theologians because he includes unifying appreciation of imagery and symbols in the living system of a whole faith as well as analysis of textual parts which preoccupy and divide many theologies. His approach promises insightful reconciliation by viewing art works like the Vietnam Memorial while attending to the aesthetics of doctrines like justification rather than by arguing from previous linguistic misunderstandings which separate Christians. His theology of art invites confessing, forgiving, and living with wounded innocence as creative presence in mystery more than memory.
Doug Adams, Professor of Christianity and Arts, Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union