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Introduction

Robert MacSwain

in Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646821
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744853 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646821.003.0001
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This introductory chapter to Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture focuses on the development of David Brown's thought from The Divine Trinity (1985) to the five-volume series under consideration this present volume, published between 1999–2008. Although it would be a mistake to classify Brown's earlier work as juvenilia, with the publication of Tradition and Imagination (1999) he emerged as a leading figure in theological scholarship. However, although all five volumes have been well-reviewed, Brown's position remains a minority report in contemporary theology, not least because his genre and method are so distinctive. The primary objective of this current book is thus to open up the cumulative significance of Brown's work and contribute toward the incorporation — or correction — of its diverse themes, arguments, and conclusions vis-à-vis the mainstream of academic thought. However, both individually and collectively these chapters also make an important original contribution to our understandings as they relate to the life of the Church, academy, and human society.

Keywords: David Brown; theology; aesthetics; culture; philosophy of religion; sacramental theology; imagination; revelation; tradition; religious experience; incarnation; religious studies; natural theology

Chapter.  4932 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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