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Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts Bearing Witness to the Triune God
Category: Books > Spirituality > Spirituality Books
Author/Artist: BEGBIE JEREMY
ISBN / ID: 9780802874948
Publisher: Wm Eerdmans
Binding: PAPERBACK
Price: AU$36.95
  
Description: It is a firmly held belief that there is something transcendent about the arts. They have a capacity to awaken a profound sense of wonder and mystery pointing to something “beyond us” and our world. Begbie’s book engages with this experience and makes explicit the meaning of transcendence from a Christian faith perspective. His underlying and motivating question which forms the book’s integrity is; how can the arts witness to the transcendence of the Christian God? Begbie claims that only when we frame our concept of that which is beyond us, in the biblical and Trinitarian vision of God, that the vague claims for transcendence in the arts make sense. Through four illuminating chapters moving from stirrings of transcendence to sublime and disturbing transcendence through to redeeming transcendence, Begbie shows that the Creator God is the agent of the redemptive capacity of the arts. It is the otherness and uncontainability of this God who is disclosed in and through specific acts of overflowing, self-giving love narrated in Scripture. Consistent with Begbie’s position is the claim that God’s transcendence is not a matter of distance from the world. Instead, it is precisely a ‘redeeming transcendence’ that acts to restore the creation. Human works of art participate in that redeeming work through ‘sympathetic resonance,’ being taken up into the triune God’s action to bring ‘the integrity of creation to its fulfilment.’ This is recognised as brilliant theological writing that illumines our cultural setting and challenges readers to receive the arts with newly opened eyes and ears.

Recommended uses;

For Parish discussion groups seeking to find ways to bring the secular and the sacred into harmony.
For Planners and Leaders of Liturgy.
For Teachers of the Creative Arts in Catholic and Faith Based Schools
For Lecturers at Tertiary Institutes
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