Theological Aesthetics: A Reader

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Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2005 - Religion - 400 pages
While interest in the relationship between theology and the arts is on the rise, there are very few resources for students and teachers, let alone a comprehensive text on the subject. This book fills that lacuna by providing an anthology of readings on theological aesthetics drawn from the first century to the present.

A superb sourcebook, Theological Aesthetics brings together original texts that are relevant and timely to scholars today. Editor Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen has taken a careful, inclusive approach to the book, including articles and extracts that are diverse and ecumenical as well as representative of gender and ethnicity. The book is organized chronologically, and each historical period begins with commentary by Thiessen that sets the selections in context.

These engaging readings range broadly over themes at the intersection of religion and the arts, including beauty and revelation, the vision of God, artistic and divine creation, God as artist, images of God, the interplay of the senses and the intellect, human imagination, mystical writings, meanings of signs and symbols, worship, liturgy, doxology, the relationship of word and image, icons and iconoclasm, the role of the arts in twentieth-century theology, and much more.
 

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This book is a gold mine for those interested in calling the arts back into Christianity and Christianity back into the arts. Nice work. A treasure trove.

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Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen is reader in theology at Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland, and honorary research fellow in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter. She is also the author of Theology and Modern Irish Art.

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