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<i>Lectio Divina?</i>

Trevor Hart

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/9780199646821.003.0018
Lectio Divina?

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This chapter engages critically with the argument of the first half of God and Mystery in Words. It begins with a Christological reflection on Brown's claim that word and image are less distinct than sometimes supposed. It moves next to Brown's account of the sense of mystery and humility attaching to poetic images. A third section considers Brown's insistence on holding together intelligibility and mystery, rather than resisting reductionism only by embracing its opposite in obscurantism. However, his claim that to have experienced the mystery lying at the heart of words is in some sense to have experienced the divine Logos raises all manner of ontological and epistemological concerns about the nature of God's otherness. The final section suggests that an incarnational Christology may provide more robust resources than Brown's revised understanding of sacramentality for illuminating aspects of the nature and function of cultural signs in our encounter with God.

Keywords: David Brown; word; image; mystery; reductionism; Logos; divine otherness; incarnation; Christology; sacramentality

Chapter.  7071 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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