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The Density of Divine Address: Liturgy, Drama, and Human Transformation

Ben Quash

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/9780199646821.003.0019
The Density of Divine Address: Liturgy, Drama, and Human Transformation

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This chapter argues that God and Mystery in Words is fundamentally a book about liturgy. Liturgy displays the ways in which creation can be true to itself, and encodes the fullness towards which creation is called. However, the chapter asks Brown to go further in developing criteria for what makes good and bad liturgy. It also requests a more apophatic account of how God is encountered in liturgy which does not reduce God to an object of experience. Only when ‘givenness’ (Christology) and ‘foundness’ (pneumatology) are properly brought together do we have a fully Trinitarian hermeneutic for reading and living in the world. This is clearly something Brown is seeking to model and enact in his book, and it is a dramatic process of discernment that can be given a profoundly theological rationale.

Keywords: David Brown; liturgy; criteria; apophatic theology; experience; Christology; pneumatology; drama; transformation

Chapter.  5336 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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