Theology and the Drama of History

Theology and the Drama of History

by Ben Quash
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Cambridge University Press
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Theology and the Drama of History

How can theology think and talk about history? Building on the work of the major twentieth-century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar as well as entering into sharp critical debate with him, this book sets out to examine the value and the potential of a 'theodramatic' conception of history. By engaging in dialogue not only with theologians and philosophers like von Balthasar, Hegel and Barth, but with poets and dramatists such as the Greek tragedians, Shakespeare and Gerard Manley Hopkins, the book makes its theological principles open and indebted to literary forms, and seeks to show how such a theology might be applied to a world intrinsically and thoroughly historical. By contrast with theologies that stand back from the contingencies of history and so fight shy of the uncertainties and openness of Christian existence, this book's theology is committed to taking seriously the God who works in time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521090827
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2008
Series: Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine Series , #13
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Dramatizing theology; 2. Freedom and indifference; 3. Epic history and the question of tragedy; 4. Eschatology and the existential register; 5. Analogy's unaccountable scaffolding; 6. Theodramatics, history and the holy spirit; Postscript.

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