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Routledge Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts

About the Series

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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Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World The Story of the World’s Most Famous Christian Painting

Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Christian Painting

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Edited By Markus Bockmuehl
November 01, 2024

This book provides an up-to-date introduction to the religious and artistic story behind The Light of the World by Holman Hunt. Created in the mid-19th century, it is thought to be the most widely exhibited work of art in history and is arguably the most widely known Christian painting to this day....

Theological Anthropology in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito Sin, Grace, and Conversion

Theological Anthropology in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito: Sin, Grace, and Conversion

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By Steffen Lösel
January 29, 2024

This book asks what theological messages theologically educated Catholics in late-eighteenth-century Prague might have perceived in Mozart’s late opera seria La clemenza di Tito. The book’s thesis is two-fold: first, that Catholics might have heard the opera’s advocacy of enlightened absolutism as ...

Transforming Christian Thought in the Visual Arts Theology, Aesthetics, and Practice

Transforming Christian Thought in the Visual Arts: Theology, Aesthetics, and Practice

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Edited By Sheona Beaumont, Madeleine Emerald Thiele
January 09, 2023

This volume explores how the visual arts are presenting and responding to Christian theology and demonstrates how modern and contemporary artists and artworks have actively engaged in conversation with Christianity. Modern intellectual enquiry has often been reluctant to engage theology as an ...

Redeeming Beauty Soundings in Sacral Aesthetics

Redeeming Beauty: Soundings in Sacral Aesthetics

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By Aidan Nichols O.P.
May 09, 2017

Redeeming Beauty explores the richness of orthodox Christian tradition, both Western and Eastern, in matters of 'sacral aesthetics' - a term used to denote the foundations, production and experience of religiously relevant beauty. Aidan Nichols investigates five principal themes: the foundation ...

Faith, Hope and Poetry Theology and the Poetic Imagination

Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination

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By Malcolm Guite
March 22, 2017

Faith, Hope and Poetry explores the poetic imagination as a way of knowing; a way of seeing reality more clearly. Presenting a series of critical appreciations of English poetry from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day, Malcolm Guite applies the insights of poetry to contemporary issues and the ...

Faith and Beauty A Theological Aesthetic

Faith and Beauty: A Theological Aesthetic

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By Edward Farley
August 28, 2001

'Aesthetics' and 'theological aesthetics' usually imply a focus on questions about the arts and how faith or religion relates to the arts; only the final pages of this work take up that problem. The central theme of this book is that of beauty. Farley employs a new typology of western texts on ...

Protestant Aesthetics and the Arts

Protestant Aesthetics and the Arts

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Edited By Sarah Covington, Kathryn Reklis
February 03, 2020

The Reformation was one of the defining cultural turning points in Western history, even if there is a longstanding stereotype that Protestants did away with art and material culture. Rather than reject art and aestheticism, Protestants developed their own aesthetic values, which Protestant ...

Memento Mori in Contemporary Art Theologies of Lament and Hope

Memento Mori in Contemporary Art: Theologies of Lament and Hope

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By Taylor Worley
December 05, 2019

This book explores how four contemporary artists—Francis Bacon, Joseph Beuys, Robert Gober, and Damien Hirst—pursue the question of death through their fraught appropriations of Christian imagery. Each artist is shown to not only pose provocative theological questions, but also to question the ...

Shakespeare, Theology, and the Unstaged God

Shakespeare, Theology, and the Unstaged God

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By Anthony D. Baker
August 08, 2019

While many scholars in Shakespeare and Religious Studies assume a secularist viewpoint in their interpretation of Shakespeare’s works, there are others that allow for a theologically coherent reading. Located within the turn to religion in Shakespeare studies, this book goes beyond the claim that ...

God’s Song and Music’s Meanings Theology, Liturgy, and Musicology in Dialogue

God’s Song and Music’s Meanings: Theology, Liturgy, and Musicology in Dialogue

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Edited By James Hawkey, Ben Quash, Vernon White
July 23, 2019

Taking seriously the practice and not just the theory of music, this ground-breaking collection of essays establishes a new standard for the interdisciplinary conversation between theology, musicology, and liturgical studies. The public making of music in our society happens more often in the ...

The Passion in Art

The Passion in Art

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By Richard Harries
November 16, 2004

Jesus was not depicted on the cross until the early fifth century. Since then this scene has been painted or carved in sharply differing ways. With the aid of over thirty full-page plates, The Passion in Art explores the historical contexts and theologies that led to such differing depictions. ...

Kierkegaard, Aesthetics, and Selfhood The Art of Subjectivity

Kierkegaard, Aesthetics, and Selfhood: The Art of Subjectivity

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By Peder Jothen
February 12, 2018

In the digital world, Kierkegaard's thought is valuable in thinking about aesthetics as a component of human development, both including but moving beyond the religious context as its primary center of meaning. Seeing human formation as interrelated with aesthetics makes art a vital dimension of ...

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