Grace and Necessity
n his first major new work of original theology for some years, Rowan Williams explores the borderlands between theology, art and literature in order to pioneer a new theological expression of grace and human creativity. Profoundly influenced by some of...
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n his first major new work of original theology for some years, Rowan Williams explores the borderlands between theology, art and literature in order to pioneer a new theological expression of grace and human creativity. Profoundly influenced by some of the most original and creative minds in the recent Catholic tradition (Jacques Maritain, the artist Eric Gill and the poet and painter David Jones), he explores a new aesthetic and the concept of an artwork as a structure in itself and not as a 'reproduction'. The sign or symbol, whether verbal or material, is a necessary vehicle of meaning and not an illustration of it, calling not for reduction or explanation but response. In Dr Williams' development of his theme he discusses modern philosophy (Wittgenstein's aesthetics) but also examines modern art, the work of the American writer Flannery O'Connor and the writings of the poet and artist David Jones on art and sacrament and the underlying theology of artistic production. To find suc
In this original book Rowan Williams sketches out a new understanding of how human beings open themselves to transcendence. Drawing on the French Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain, the Welsh poet and painter David Jones, and the American novelist Mary Flannery O`Connor, Rowan Williams fulfils his ambition for Christianity to engage with contemporary culture, and that a man who holds highest office in the Church has the time and intellectual energy to write such original theology is encouraging for us all.
Rowan Williams(PC, DPhil, DD, FBA) is Archbishop of Canterbury, the highest office of the Church of England. Williams is a distinguished theologian and poet.He is the author of over twenty books including: Grace and Necessity: Reflections on Art and Love; Why Study the Past?; Anglican Identities; Darkness Yielding; Writing in the Dust: Reflections on 11th September and Its Aftermath: Arius: Heresy and Tradition; Christ on Trial; On Christian Theology; Open to Judgement: Sermons and Addresses; and Resurrection: Interpreting the Easter Gospel.
- Introduction; 1. Exploration Of Aesthetics: Covering Artists As Wide Ranging As Gwen John, Jean Cocteau And The Writings Of Jacques Maritain. 2. Art And Sacrament: The Anglo-saxon Response To The Ideas Of Continental Thinking In The 20th Century. 3. The Us Response: Flannery O'connor. 4. Art And Intelligence. Towards A New Theology.