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God and Mystery in Words: Experience through Metaphor and Drama

God and Mystery in Words: Experience through Metaphor and Drama

by David Brown


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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. Poetry and drama, Brown suggests, grew out of religion, and therefore that creative potential needs to be rediscovered by religion.

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ISBN-13: 9780199231836
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/25/2008
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Brown is Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at Durham University, and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Table of Contents

I. Experience through Metaphor
1. Logos and Mystery
2. Metaphor and Disclosure
3. Hymns and Psalms
4. Verbal and Visual Image
II. Experience through Drama
5. Drama and Religion
6. Enactment in Music
7. Performance, Costume, Staging

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