Christianity has repeatedly valued the "Word" over and above the non-verbal arts. Art has been seen through the interpretative lens of theology, rather than being valued for what it can bring to the discipline. 'Explorations in Art, Theology and Imagination' argues that art is crucially important to theology. The book explores the interconnecting themes of embodiment and incarnation, faith and imagination, and the similarities and differences between art and theology. Arguing for a critique that begins with art and moves to theology, 'Explorations in Art, Theology and Imagination' offers a radical re-evaluation of the role of art in Christian discourse.
Table of Contents
Introduction: 'Art Concealed in the Depths of the Soul'; Part One:; Chapter 1: Art for Whose Sake?; Chapter 2 Art and the Theologians; Chapter 3 Making New Worlds; Chapter 4 Art and the Philosophers; Part Two; Chapter 5 As the Bird Sings; Chapter 6 Tossed Clean into the New; Chapter 7 Did I Love a Dream?; Chapter 8 The Reality of the Really New; Chapter 9 Symbols of the Sublime?; Chapter 10 The Time Came and the Man; Chapter 11 A Glimpse of the Cosmic Dance