A growing number of professional theologians today seek to push theological inquiry beyond the relative seclusion of academic specialization into a broader marketplace of public ideas, and to recast the theological task as an integrative discipline, wholly engaged with the issues and sensibilities of the age. Accordingly, such scholars seek to draw upon and engage the insights and practices of a variety of cultural resources, including those of the arts, in their theological projects.
Arguing that poetry can be a form of theological discourse, Mahan shows how poetry offers rich theological resources and instruction for the Christian church. In drawing attention to the "peculiar advantages" it affords, this book addresses one of the greatest challenges facing the church today: the difficulty of effectively communicating the Christian gospel with increasingly disaffected "late-modern" people.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Ben Quash xiii
1 Introduction: "Can Poetry Matter" [to Christian Theology]? 1
2 "From the Exposition of Grace to the Place of Images": Incarnational Witness and "the Way of Images" in Charles Williams' Arthuriad 25
3 Poetry as Remembrance: The Poetics of Testimony and Historical Redress in Micheal O'Siadhail's The Gossamer Wall 89
4 Geoffrey Hill's "Pitch of Attention" and "Poetic Kenosis" in The Triumph of Love 141
5 Conclusion 199