David Brown is a widely-respected British theologian who initially made his mark in analytic discussions of Christian doctrine, such as the Trinity. However, with the publication of Tradition and Imagination: Revelation and Change (1999) his career entered a distinctly new phase, focused on theology, imagination, and the arts. Four related volumes followed, dealing with biblical interpretation, Christian discipleship, art and icons, place and space, the body, music, metaphor, drama, liturgy, the sacraments, religious experience, and popular culture. According to Brown, the fundamental thesis underlying all five volumes is that both natural and revealed theology are in crisis, and the only way out is to give proper attention to the cultural embeddedness of both.
Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture is the first attempt to assess the significance of this remarkable series, and its contributors include some of the most prominent philosophers, theologians, historians, biblical scholars, literary scholars, and cultural critics writing today. Aside from its exceptional interdisciplinary range and ecumenical line-up, a distinctive feature is sustained consideration of Brown's analysis of popular culture. Given the stature of the contributors, this volume is not merely of interest as a commentary on Brown's work, but also makes an important original contribution to our understandings of theology, aesthetics, and culture as they relate to the life of the Church, academy, and human society.
Robert MacSwain is Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Ethics at The School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Taylor Worley is Associate Dean for Spiritual Life and Assistant Professor of Christian Thought and Tradition at The School of Theology and Missions at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.
"[David Brown's] series stands as one of the most remarkable achievements of modern theology. Accordingly, Theology, Aesthetics, & Culture: Responses to the Work of David Brown
deserves heed as an invaluable companion for anyone tackling Brown's magisterial theological synthesis." --Literature and Theology
"MacSwain and Worley have done a great tribute to Brown s work in their careful organization and editing, and have given a great gift to the rest of us in such a rich and provocative text that introduces and engages with [David Brown s] important work. Students, scholars, pastors, and lay readers interested in exploring the dialogue of theology and culture could hardly do better than to purchase this book." --Anglican Theological Review
"This collection of essays constitutes a rich and vigorous response to the recent work of David Brown, one of the most fruitful and suggestive Anglican theologians at work today...We have much to be grateful for in this rich and provocative assessment of Brown's work--the beginning, one hopes, of a widespread exploration, appropriation, and development of his immense contribution." -Sewanee Theological Review
"To read this book is an education in theology and the arts . We have much to be grateful for in this rich and provocative assessment of Brown's work-the beginning, one hopes, of a widespread exploration, appropriation, and development of his immense contribution." --Sewanee Theological Review
"This symposium reminds us of the many faceted importance of David Brown's work...It should encourage those who do not know it to engage with it, and for those who already do to continue the conversation and take the exploration further." --The International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church
"The volume must be commended for these scholars' genuine engagement with, reflection on, and response to Brown's work... This is an important book; it is relevant not only to exploring and appreciating central ideas in Brown's impressive oeuvre through the appreciative and critical lenses of fellow theologians, but also to the whole development of theology's dialogue with the arts into the future." --Art and Christianity
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