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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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God’s Song and Music’s Meanings How Shall we Sing the Lord’s Song?

God’s Song and Music’s Meanings How Shall we Sing the Lord’s Song?

1st Edition

Forthcoming

James Hawkey, Ben Quash, Vernon White
January 05, 2021

The public making of music in our society happens more often in the context of chapels, churches and cathedrals than anywhere else. The command to sing and make music to God makes music an essential part of the DNA of Christian worship. Taking seriously the practice and not just the theory of ...

Faith, Hope and Poetry Theology and the Poetic Imagination

Faith, Hope and Poetry Theology and the Poetic Imagination

1st Edition

Malcolm Guite
March 28, 2012

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

1st Edition

Edward Farley
August 22, 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

1st Edition

Sarah Covington, Kathryn Reklis
February 19, 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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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 ...

The Passion in Art

The Passion in Art

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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 ...

Art, Imagination and Christian Hope Patterns of Promise

Art, Imagination and Christian Hope Patterns of Promise

1st Edition

Gavin Hopps, Trevor Hart
September 09, 2016

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 ...

An Introduction to Jean-Yves Lacoste

An Introduction to Jean-Yves Lacoste

1st Edition

Joeri Schrijvers
November 11, 2016

Introducing the thought of philosopher and theologian Jean-Yves Lacoste, this book provides an overview spanning Lacoste's earliest works on sacramentality to his latest work Etre en Danger (2011) in which Lacoste opens up the liturgical experience onto a spiritual experience of life. Schrijvers ...

Theological Aesthetics after von Balthasar

Theological Aesthetics after von Balthasar

1st Edition

Stan Hawkins, James Fodor, Oleg V. Bychkov
October 19, 2016

This collection of essays by distinguished authors explores the present-day field of theological aesthetics: from von Balthasar’s contribution and parallel developments to correctives and alternatives to his approach. A tribute to von Balthasar’s own project expands into a dialogue with ancient and...

Christian Theology and Tragedy Theologians, Tragic Literature and Tragic Theory

Christian Theology and Tragedy Theologians, Tragic Literature and Tragic Theory

1st Edition

Kevin Taylor, Giles Waller
September 28, 2011

Drawing together leading scholars from both theological and literary backgrounds, Christian Theology and Tragedy explores the rich variety of conversations between theology and tragedy. Three main areas are examined: theological readings of a range of tragic literature, from plays to novels and the...

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