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Art, Imagination and Christian Hope

Patterns of Promise, 1st Edition

By Gavin Hopps

Edited by Trevor Hart


206 pages

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In hope, Christian faith reconfigures the shape of what is familiar in order to pattern the contours of God's promised future. In this process, the present is continuously re-shaped by ventures of hopeful and expectant living. In art, this same poetic interplay between past, present and future takes specific concrete forms, furnishing vital resources for sustaining an imaginative ecology of hope. This volume attends to the contributions that architecture, drama, literature, music and painting can make, as artists trace patterns of promise, resisting the finality of modernity's despairing visions and generating hopeful living in a present which, although marked by sin and death, is grasped imaginatively as already pregnant with future.


'This book is a very thought-provoking collection of essays. Each one in its own way gives an answer to the Nietzschean critique of Christianity as a ’Platonism for the masses’ by showing how the Christian notion of hope in the reality of eternity does not have to take on the other-worldly form detached from the life ’here-and-now’.' Themelios ’…[provides] a welcome emphasis on music as well as literature. The musical score excerpts are beautifully reproduced…’ Art and Christianity

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Time, eternity and the arts, Richard Bauckham; Patterns of hope and images of eternity: listening to Shakespeare, Blake and T.S. Eliot, Paul S. Fiddes; Space and time: eschatological dimensions of Christian architecture, A.N. Williams; Echoes of hope in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Beethoven’s Fidelio, Daniel K.L. Chua; Brave new world? Faith, hope and the political imagination, Kirsten Deede Johnson; The unique psychology of hope, Patricia Bruininks; The challenge of a ’hopeless’ God: negotiating José Saramago’s novel The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, Bruce W. Longenecker; Hoping against hope: Morrissey and the light that never goes out, Gavin Hopps; Unexpected endings: eucatastrophic consolations in literature and theology, Trevor Hart; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Trevor Hart is Professor of Divinity and Director of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts in the University of St Andrews. He has authored and edited several books including a collection (Faithful Performances, with Steven Guthrie) for Ashgate Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts, a series for which he is an editor. Gavin Hopps is Lecturer in Literature and Theology and Associate Director of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts in the University of St Andrews. He is author of Morrissey: The Pageant of His Bleeding Heart (Continuum, 2009) and co-edited the collection Romanticism and Religion (with Jane Stabler, Ashgate 2006). Jeremy Begbie is Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology at Duke University, Durham, NC. He has authored and edited several books and is an editor for the series Ashgate Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts

What have imagination and the arts to do with theology? For much of the modern era, the answer has been 'not much'. It is precisely this deficit that this series seeks to redress. For, whatever role they have or have not been granted in the theological disciplines, imagination and the arts are undeniably bound up with how we as human beings think, learn and communicate, engage with and respond to our physical and social environments and, in particular, our awareness and experience of that which transcends our own creatureliness. The arts are playing an increasingly significant role in the way people come to terms with the world; at the same time, artists of many disciplines are showing a willingness to engage with religious or theological themes. A spate of publications and courses in many educational institutions has already established this field as one of fast-growing concern. This series taps into a burgeoning intellectual concern on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. The peculiar inter-disciplinarity of theology, and the growing interest in imagination and the arts in many different fields of human concern, afford the opportunity for a series that has its roots sunk in varied and diverse intellectual soils, while focused around a coherent theological question: How are imagination and the arts involved in the shaping and reshaping of our humanity as part of the creative and redemptive purposes of God, and what roles do they perform in the theological enterprise? Many projects within the series have particular links to the work of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts in the University of St Andrews, and to the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts at Duke University.

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