Taylor Worley

in Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646821
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744853 | DOI:

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The postscript reflects on the volume as a whole, both as it furthers the dialogue with Brown's work in particular and its implications for the areas of theology, aesthetics, and culture in general. In light of Brown's work and this commentary on it, the conversation should continue to explore new and uncultivated avenues of human artistry and culture for generative experiences of God, but at the same time it must focus on how theology might perform interpretations of such things with sensitivity and self-awareness. Theology, like so many disciplines, is in no way exempt from what Socrates called the ‘solemn silence’ of the arts. In other words, we must speak where they are silent. Therefore, the postscript appropriates ekphrasis — a literary device both ancient and modern, for considering how theology might speak of the arts and culture. As a practice of reading and responding to works of art, ekphrasis can help theology adopt a mode of discourse that more fully embraces the theological implications of the incarnation while accounting for such experiences of art and culture as spiritual encounters with what Brown calls ‘divine generosity.’ In presenting a case for theology's ‘ekphrastic mode’, the postscript also seeks to find resonances with several of the poignant themes raised by the volume's many contributors.

Keywords: theology; aesthetics; culture; David Brown; religious experience; theology and the arts; interpretation; ekphrasis

Chapter.  3965 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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