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Tradition and Imagination : Revelation and Change - David Brown

Tradition and Imagination

Revelation and Change

Hardcover Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780198269915
Number Of Pages: 410

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Tradition and revelation are often seen as opposites: tradition is viewed as being secondary and reactionary to revelation which is a one-off gift from God. Drawing on examples from Christian history, Judaism, Islam, and the classical world, this book challenges these definitions and presents a controversial examination of the effect history and cultural development has on religious belief: its narratives and art. David Brown pays close attention to the nature of the relationship between historical and imaginative truth, and focuses on the way stories from the Bible have not stood still but are subject to imaginative 'rewriting'. This rewriting is explained as a natural consequence of the interaction between religion and history: God speaks to humanity through the imagination, and human imagination is influenced by historical context. It is the imagination that ensures that religion continues to develop in new and challenging ways.

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`we can be sure that this book and its sequel will play a hugely significant role in the debates of the decades ahead.' Theology, vol. CIV, no. 822 `This is a major achievement, the fruit of long and extraordinarily varied study, written with Brown's characteristic clarity, opening doors into all sorts of fresh insights.' Theology, vol. CIV, no. 822 `Brown is excellent on how and why we need the different stresses of the different Gospels, and resists the temptation to give the moral high ground to one perspective only.' Theology, vol. CIV, no. 822 `impressive' Theology, vol. CIV, no. 822 `David Brown has not only brought Anglican theology to a whole new level of achievement but also proposed a new role for imagination in a way that will mark a turning point in Christian esthetics.' Theological Studies `This is the most impressive theological book I have read in quite a long time. It is packed with erudition along with careful thinking ... Professor Brown has given us a first-class book that is both illuminating in itself and that challenges the reader to think further on matters that are central to Christian faith.' John Macquarrie, Journal of Theological Studies, Vol.52, No.1, April 2001 `Brown's scholarship is massive without ever becoming tedious, and the range of subjects covered - art,philosophy, literature, and the history and writings of three major world religions - is awesome.' Anthony Freeman, THES `No one could read these two books [Tradition and Imagination and Discipleship and Imagination] without being grateful to Brown for his many rich insights and the challenge laid down by his refusal to embrace exclusively any one approach.' Anthony Freeman, THES `David Brown knows that some Christians will find this book disturbing and is at pains to reassure them. We must overcome our timidity and face up to his arguments. They are immensely important for the understanding of our faith.' Mervyn Willshaw, Methodist Recorder `This is a very significant book ... and it offers a creative and liberating approach to revelation which could help in the resolution of many of the doctrinal and ethical problems which divide Christians now.' Mervyn Willshaw, Methodist Recorder `Preachers will find his treatment of the birth stories particularly useful for Christmas sermons.' Mervyn Willshaw, Methodist Recorder `In sum, a thought provoking book in every way. We await the second volume with keen anticipation.' Walter Moberly, Reviews in Religion and Theology `a systematic theologian ... at home in biblical criticism, classical antiquity, Judaism and Islam, and the history of art' Walter Moberly, Reviews in Religion and Theology `Its presentation is in many ways ways characteristic of Anglican divines, being marked by wide erudition, lucidity of expression, a rootedness in scripture and tradition that is utilized in reasonable, open and eirenic ways, and a concern for the historic and contemporary life of the church in the wider world. Whatever the travails of contemporary Anglicanism, one of its distinctive kinds of voice is here and well.' Walter Moberly, Reviews in Religion and Theology `one of the most exciting books that I have read recently ... Again and again a sentence or a paragraph opens up new vistas and invites the reader to view the Christian faith in fresh perspective, while the working out of the overarching scheme is most impressive ... Simple though the thesis may appear, the working out is profound. Professor Brown's immense erudition is daunting. Not only does he reveal an intimate knowledge of biblical studies, patristics, the classical world, modern theologians and philosophers, Judaism and Islam, but he also draws extensively on the history of art, including the cinema.' The Expository Times, November 1999

Prefacep. v
List of Platesp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Tradition as revelationp. 5
Narrative and Enlightenment: The Challenge of Postmodernismp. 9
Conclusionp. 54
The hermeneutics of Pentecost and cribp. 60
Continuing revelationp. 106
The Moving Textp. 169
Heroic Transformations in the Classical Worldp. 171
Victim into Saint: Patriarchal Retellingsp. 208
Christ: Change and imaginationp. 273
Divine Accommodationp. 275
Art as Revelationp. 322
Conclusion: Post/modernism and engagementp. 365
Indexp. 393
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ISBN: 9780198269915
ISBN-10: 0198269919
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 410
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.5  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.6