Rhyming Hope and History: Theology and Culture in the Work of Robert Jenson

Rhyming Hope and History: Theology and Culture in the Work of Robert Jenson

by Russell Rook

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The subject of "culture" has provided theologians with a whole new realm of exploration. By the turn of the twentieth century and the beginning of this new milennium the subject of culture had presented itself to theologians and church leaders for vital consideration. As one of the world's leading theologians, Robert Jenson's eminent career has coincided with the pre-eminence of culture in theological and churchly discussion. Having described himself as a theologian of culture in his earliest works, culture continually informs Jenson's systematic theology, which in turn works its way out in countless cultural forms. In Rhyming Hope and History we explore the philiosophical and theological influences of Jenson's work and outline their vast and varied applications to the world of culture and the life of the church. For Jenson, the church is the cultural embodiment of the risen Christ in the fallen reality of our world. In a series of conversations between Jenson and leading thinkers, including G.W.F. Hegel, Jonathan Edwards, Wittgenstein, Richard H. Niebuhr, Kathryn Tanner, Paul Tillich, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Augustine, and Jeremy Begbie, we explore this creative and courageous proposal.

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ISBN-13: 9781630876296
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/26/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Russell D. Rook is a member of The Salvation Army and was formerly the chair of Spring Harvest, one of Europe's largest Christian conventions. A writer and teacher, Russell's publications include: What Are We Waiting For? Reflections on Eschatology and Contemporary Culture (with Stephen Holmes) and Living Out Loud: Conversations in Virtue, Ethics and Evangelicalism with Stanley Hauerwas and Friends.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Abbreviations x

Prelude xi

1 A Brief History in Time: Jenson and Time 1

2 Explorations in Outer Space: Jenson and Space 32

3 Heaven's Mandate: Jenson and Language 60

4 Body Language: Jenson and the Totus Christus 87

5 Christianese Whispers: Jenson and Theories of Culture 118

6 Changing Rooms: Jenson on Art and Architecture 141

7 Variations on a Theme in Time: Jenson and Music 169

Encore 197

Bibliography 209

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