Beholding the Glory
"Here is a spendid contribution to a white-hot theological topic: the relationship between theology and the arts. In this book, a multi-faceted illumination is achieved by the distinguished contributors, who shine their spotlights not only on God's truth as revealed...
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"Here is a spendid contribution to a white-hot theological topic: the relationship between theology and the arts. In this book, a multi-faceted illumination is achieved by the distinguished contributors, who shine their spotlights not only on God's truth as revealed in Jesus Christ, but upon the dynamic creativity of artists as they explore this truth in so many striking and stimulating ways. This is a compulsive read, richly rewarding, which made me realize the enormous importance of doing theology through the arts."--Susan Howatch "Artists do theology with their feet and their hands, even with their eyes and ears. These essays are beautiful reflections on these other ways of doing theology. They will benefit everyone who love the arts and seek to follow Christ, especially perhaps those who 'study' theology primarily with their minds! Should be required reading for anyone who wants to deepen their "insight" into the incarnation!"--William A. Dyrness, professor of theology and culture, Fuller Theological Seminary "Jeremy Begbie and his team engage with two lively intensities, incarnation and the arts, and give a fresh sense of each. They are immersed in the realities they are dealing with, they write without jargon and use plenty of vivid examples. This book can be savoured by those who are already involved, but will also draw others into both God and the arts. There is something exhilarating about the way thinking and imagining are inspired by one art after another, and time and again there emerges a Christian understanding that can challenge as well as enrich both the churches and our arts-saturated culture. It is vital too that popular culture is taken seriously."--David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, Cambridge University "These wide-ranging essays offer a lively corrective to common ways of thinking about the arts. Instead of defining art by means of theology, the authors in Beholding the Glory confidently explore theology through the arts, paying close attention to art's unique engagement with scripture, tradition, and human experience. These essays stress specifically that the Christian faith has at its center the Incarnation, the story of the word made flesh. And for understanding the staggering claim that God has dwelt among us in human form, poetry, sculpture, dance, and the other arts offer irreplaceable insights."--Roger Lundin, Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English, Wheaton College "A fine collection of probing and imaginative discussions of the relation between the Incarnation and the arts. It's like a kaleidoscope: one turns the page to a new chapter and yet a different view appears."--Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale Divinity School
"A fine collection of probing and imaginative discussions on the relation between the Incarnation and the arts." -Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale Divinity School
Jeremy S. Begbie (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is honorary professor of theology at the University of St. Andrews; associate principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge; and an affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. A notable pianist, he has lectured widely in the UK, the US, and South Africa. He is the author of Voicing Creation's Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts and Theology, Music, and Time and the editor of Beholding the Glory: Incarnation through the Arts and Sounding the Depths: Theology through the Arts.
- List Of Illustrations<br>contributors<br>introduction--jeremy Begbie<br><br>1. Through The Arts:<br>hearing, Seeing And Touching The Truth Trevor Hart<br>2. Through Literature:<br>christ And The Redemption Of Language<br>malcolm Guite<br>3. Through Poetry:<br>particularity And The Call To Attention<br>andrew Rumsey<br>4. Through Dance:<br>fully Human, Fully Alive<br>sara B. Savage<br>5. Through Icons:<br>word And Image Together<br>jim Forest<br>6. Through Sculpture:<br>what's The Matter With Matter?<br>lynn Aldrich<br>7. Through Popular Music:<br>'wholy Holy'<br>graham Cray<br>8. Through Music:<br>sound Mix<br>jeremy Begbie