God and Mystery in Words: Experience through Metaphor and Drama

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OUP Oxford, 20.03.2008 - 300 Seiten
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In God and Mystery in Words David Brown uses the way in which poetry and drama have in the past opened people to the possibility of religious experience as a launch pad for advocating less wooden approaches to Christian worship today. So far from encouraging imagination and exploration, hymns and sermons now more commonly merely consolidate belief. Again, contemporary liturgy in both its music and its ceremonial fails to take seriously either current dramatic theory or the sociology of ritual. Yet this was not always so. Imagery and hymns mattered, liturgial msic encouraged a sense of drama, sermons required rhetoric. In a characteristically stimulatling and inspiringly expansive study, that ranges from ancient Greek drama to modern poetry, from the meaning of the Logos to the history of vestments, David Brown pleads for a much wider focus on the kind of factors that aid experience of God.
 

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Introduction
1
I Experience through Metaphor
17
II Experience through Drama
145
Conclusion
269
Index
279
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David Brown is Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at Durham University, and a Fellow of the British Academy.

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