Epilogue: Drama of the Divine Economy

Paul M. Blowers

in Drama of the Divine Economy

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199660414
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745980 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

  Epilogue: Drama of the Divine Economy

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This short Epilogue enhances the central leitmotif of the “drama of the divine” economy. A compelling analogy obtains here with the work of contemporary theologians like Kevin Vanhoozer and Hans Urs von Balthasar, who have reintroduced drama (“theo-drama,” “Christo-drama”) as an evocative theological template. The construction of a drama—with the supporting “scripts” of creation and Scripture, and the interplay of “thick” narrative (mythos) and theological interpretation (logos)—describes well the overall project of developing doctrine on creation in the early church. Irenaeus provided a crucial and enduring model with his principle of the “recapitulation” of all creation in Jesus Christ, and much of the theological cosmology of the early church took the form of an expansion of the fuller christocentric drama and sensus plenior of the “economy” of the triune Creator’s operations in and for the world.

Keywords: divine economy; theo-drama; mythos; logos; Irenaeus; recapitulation

Chapter.  3642 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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