A Subversive Gospel: Flannery O'Connor and the Reimagining of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth
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Deeply informed by her Southern context and Christian faith, the literary work of Flannery O'Connor embodies the ideas that Jesus' gospel is subversive and that following him is a rebellious act. In this theological exploration, Michael Mears Bruner argues that O'Connor's fiction overturns traditional understandings of beauty, truth, and goodness to reveal what discipleship to Christ entails.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 260
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 083085066X
ISBN-13: 9780830850662
Series: Studies in Theology and the Arts

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The good news of Jesus Christ is a subversive gospel, and following Jesus is a subversive act. These notions were embodied in the literary work of American author Flannery O'Connor, whose writing was deeply informed by both her Southern context and her Christian faith. In this volume in IVP Academic's Studies in Theology and the Arts series, theologian Michael Bruner explores O’Connor's theological aesthetic and argues that she reveals what discipleship to Christ entails by subverting the traditional understandings of beauty, truth, and goodness through her fiction. In addition, Bruner challenges recent scholarship by exploring the little-known influence of Baron Friedrich von Hügel, a twentieth-century Roman Catholic theologian, on her work. Bruner's study thus serves as a guide for those who enjoy reading O'Connor and—even more so—those who, like O'Connor herself, follow the subversive path of the crucified and risen one.

Author Bio

Michael Bruner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate professor of practical theology at Azusa Pacific University. Born and raised in the Philippines as the son of missionaries, he is currently a resident scholar at the Huntington Library, an ordained minister in the PC(USA), and a recent recipient of a Lilly Endowment in theology and the arts.

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