God and Grace of Body: Sacrament in Ordinary

God and Grace of Body: Sacrament in Ordinary

by David Brown
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Oxford University Press

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God and Grace of Body: Sacrament in Ordinary

David Brown explores the ways in which the symbolic associations of the body and what we do with it have helped shape religious experience and continue to do so. A Church narrowly focused on Christ's body wracked in pain needs to be reminded that the body as beautiful and sexual has also played a crucial role not only in other religions but also in the history of Christianity itself. Dance was one way in which the connection was expressed. The irony is not that such a connection has gone but that it now exists almost wholly outside the Church. Much the same could be said about music more generally, and Brown writes excitingly about the spiritual potential of not just classical music but also pop, jazz, musicals, and opera. Like Brown's much-praised earlier volumes, God and Enchantment of Place, Tradition and Imagination, and Discipleship and Imagination, the present book will enlarge horizons and challenge the narrowness of much theological thinking.

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ISBN-13: 9780199231829
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/27/2007
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates     x
Acknowledgements     xi
Introduction     1
Finding God in Bodies     9
Beautiful and Sexy     19
The Dancer's Leap     61
Food and Drink     120
Ugly and Wasted     185
Ethereal and Material     217
Classical Music     223
Pop Music     295
Blues, Musicals and Opera     348
The Eucharistic Body     387
Healing and Presence     392
The Liturgical Imperative     422
Index     429

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