Hence theories of symbol, metaphor, and visual representation must be examined Part Two discusses visual representation in the Old Testament, the teaching of Jesus, pictures and analogies in Paul, and the Book of Revelation.
Author: Anthony C. Thiselton
Part One considers key philosophical and aesthetic evaluations of literary images and symbols. The power of pictures is widely appreciated, as in the adage 'a picture is worth a thousand words'. Sometimes Christian discourse can be smothered by endless prose, which demands much inferential reasoning. There is, however, a contrary argument. An isolated visual representation can be misleading if it is improperly interpreted. For example, some mystical visions are interpreted as direct instructions from the Holy Spirit, as happened with the Radical Reformers, who advocated the Peasants’ Revolt. Hence theories of symbol, metaphor, and visual representation must be examined Part Two discusses visual representation in the Old Testament, the teaching of Jesus, pictures and analogies in Paul, and the Book of Revelation. This shows the range of authentic visual representations. In contrast to biblical material, we find throughout Christian history abundant examples of misleading imagery which is often passed off as Christian. A notorious example is found in the visual representation and metaphors used by Gnostic writers. Almost as bad are some visual representations used by the medieval mystics, Radical Reformers, and extreme charismatics – all of which lack valid criteria of interpretation, relying instead on subjective conviction. Similarly, sermons and prayers today can be enriched with pictorial images, but some can be misleading and unhelpful for the life of the Church.
The last great controversy in the Byzantine church had to do with icons, or
pictures, because the Byzantine culture believed in the power of pictures to
express the divine ground of things. The danger was very great that popular
belief would ...
Author: Paul Tillich
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Professor Tillich analyzes the development of Christian theology
The last great controversy in the Byzantine church had to do with icons , or
pictures , because the Byzantine culture believed in the power of pictures to
express the divine ground of things . The danger was very great that popular
belief would ...
Author: Paul Tillich
Publisher: Touchstone Books
In A History of Christian Thought, Paul Tillich has accomplished the supremely difficult feat of creating a work at once brilliantly authoritative and comprehensive, while remaining clear and uncluttered by scholarly annotation and debate. Originally delivered as lectures at the Union Theological Seminary and at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, this edition has been superbly edited by Carl E. Braaten of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. From the "preparation for Christianity" implicit in the kairos and the Mystery Religions to the individualism of Bultmann, Troeltsch, and Barth, Professor Tillich guides the reader through the fascinating history of Christian thought with a confidence and clarity of presentation only a great scholar and teacher possesses. Book jacket.
Examines the ambiguous role played by the concept of power in Christian theology. This work argues that it is not credible to attempt to dissociate Christian faith from the phenomena of power in their entirety.
Author: Stephen Sykes
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Examines the ambiguous role played by the concept of power in Christian theology. This work argues that it is not credible to attempt to dissociate Christian faith from the phenomena of power in their entirety. It holds that human beings are enmeshed in a deeply ambiguous context, a world of overlapping and intersecting powers.
This change was especially noticeable among christians. as nock and toynbee
point out, there was increased concern among ... and to minimize images of
violence in the afterlife.80 again, while discussing christian art, as well, Latourette
mentions the fact ... 'god, you who have the power of life and death, god of the
Author: Jeremiah Mutie
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Death in Second-Century Christian Thought explores how the meaning of death was conceptualized in this crucial period of the history of the church. Through an exploration of some key metaphors and other figures of speech that the early church used to talk about this interesting but difficult topic, the author argues that the early church selected, modified, and utilized existing views on the subject of death in order to offer a distinctively Christian view of death based on what they believed the word of God taught on the subject, particularly in light of the ongoing story of Jesus following his death-his burial and resurrection. In short, the book shows how Christians interacted with the views of death in late antiquity, coming up with their own distinctive view of death.
Author: Linwood Urban
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
"The new edition has been enlarged by the addition of chapters on the Sacraments and on the Church and the ministry"--Pref. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Written by recognized experts in church history, the articles in this book take a close look at women's status in key periods.
Author: Joseph Martos
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
As an unabashedly sexist institution that has long been rooted in patriarchal ideals, the Christian church has few . Written by recognized experts in church history, the articles in this book take a close look at women's status in key periods.
20 The power of these images to survive must be seen in the context of Christian
thought , where they functioned as useful vehicles for defining non - believers .
However , they also persisted simply because they were so visually compelling ...
Author: Stephanie Moser
Moser explores the history of pictorial reconstructions and demonstrates how this imagery was central to the scientific perception of the past. It is aimed at students and teachers in the fields of prehistory, anthropology and art history.
Finlan?s focus in this volume is on revelation, on the ?gradual human absorption of and interpretation of revelation received from God,? the maturing of human cultures, and especially the light shed by modern family systems psychology.
Author: Stephen Finlan
Publisher: Liturgical Press
In his previous book, Problems with Atonement, Stephen Finlan compellingly argues that the doctrine of atonement has been more a stumbling block to a true understanding of the relationship between God and humanity than a genuine explanation of how we relate to God and God to us. Options on Atonement reprises these arguments briefly, then looks more closely at the solutions to the problem offered by a variety of modern interpreters. Finlan?s focus in this volume is on revelation, on the ?gradual human absorption of and interpretation of revelation received from God,? the maturing of human cultures, and especially the light shed by modern family systems psychology. At a time when public debates rage over the notion of evolution in the natural world, this book asserts that our understanding of divine revelation is likewise subject to evolution. If religion itself does not evolve, the author asserts, we are left only with an unsatisfactory choice: to remain mired in the past, or to repudiate all that is past, including our Scriptures. Will that be our choice? Or can we resolve to examine our traditions, including that of the atonement, in the light of new knowledge? Stephen Finlan chooses to do just that. ?Finlan expertly untangles the various concepts of atonement in the Bible and teases out their different theological assumptions and implications. While demonstrating that atonement doctrines inevitably attribute violence and injustice to God, the author argues persuasively that none of the atonement thinking in Christianity derives from the historical Jesus. As Finlan charts the spiritual and psychological damage in which atonement thinking is implicated and the human violence it can incite, he offers a theological alternative based on the teachings of Jesus. Built on solid erudition and driven by a moral purpose, Options on Atonement invites Christians to move beyond violent images of God while keeping faith with their biblical tradition.? Robert J. Miller Professor of Religious Studies Juniata College ?Finlan?s Options on Atonement in Christian Thought is an amazing tour de force that challenges its reader to keep the pieces of the doctrinal puzzle together in the way that its author has done. Beginning with a carefully nuanced survey of biblical precedents, moving through the multiplicity of Paul?s images, and passing in review the insights of competing theological opinions, the author puts all the elements before the mind?s eye of the reader. Then, the expression of his own evocative theory puts the pieces together and leads the reader to stand back and contemplate with awe.? Raymond F. Collins Warren-Blanding Professor of Religion Professor of New Testament The Catholic University of America?Stephen Finlan argues for the rejection of blood sacrifice and all related themes, such as payment of debt and penal substitution, in the Christian doctrine of salvation. Options on Atonement is an important work which should stimulate reflection and stir up theological debate. It will be of particular interest to a growing number of theologians and ethicists who are concerned to articulate and practice a theology of peacemaking. James G. Williams, author of The Bible, Violence, and the Sacred and editor of The Girard Reader
Orthodox Theology and the Aesthetics of the Christian Image C.A. Tsakiridou ...
By their presence and visceral power, images keep one's mind attached to the
world, to desires formed by past experience, and to the memories that revive
Author: C.A. Tsakiridou
Icons in Time, Persons in Eternity presents a critical, interdisciplinary examination of contemporary theological and philosophical studies of the Christian image and redefines this within the Orthodox tradition by exploring the ontological and aesthetic implications of Orthodox ascetic and mystical theology. It finds Modernist interest in the aesthetic peculiarity of icons significant, and essential for re-evaluating their relationship to non-representational art. Drawing on classical Greek art criticism, Byzantine ekphraseis and hymnography, and the theologies of St. Maximus the Confessor, St. Symeon the New Theologian and St. Gregory Palamas, the author argues that the ancient Greek concept of enargeia best conveys the expression of theophany and theosis in art. The qualities that define enargeia - inherent liveliness, expressive autonomy and self-subsisting form - are identified in exemplary Greek and Russian icons and considered in the context of the hesychastic theology that lies at the heart of Orthodox Christianity. An Orthodox aesthetics is thus outlined that recognizes the transcendent being of art and is open to dialogue with diverse pictorial and iconographic traditions. An examination of Ch’an (Zen) art theory and a comparison of icons with paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and Marc Chagall, and by Japanese artists influenced by Zen Buddhism, reveal intriguing points of convergence and difference. The reader will find in these pages reasons to reconcile Modernism with the Christian image and Orthodox tradition with creative form in art.
arship on female spirituality and , more generally , the power of images in
medieval devotional practice . ... in Christian theology , the doctrine of the
Incarnation alone assured the body a place of central significance in Christian
Author: Jeffrey F. Hamburger
Publisher: New York : Zone Books
A bew interpretation of the role of the visual arts in the spiritual lives of women in late medieval monastic communities.