God and Grace of Body: Sacrament in Ordinary

Paperback | March 3, 2011

byDavid Brown

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David Brown explores the ways in which the symbolic associations of the body and what we do with it have helped shape religious experience and continue to do so. A Church narrowly focused on Christ's body wracked in pain needs to be reminded that the body as beautiful and sexual has alsoplayed a crucial role not only in other religions but also in the history of Christianity itself. Dance was one way in which the connection was expressed. The irony is not that such a connection has gone but that it now exists almost wholly outside the Church. Much the same could be said about musicmore generally, and Brown writes excitingly about the spiritual potential of not just classical music but also pop, jazz, musicals, and opera. Like Brown's much-praised earlier volumes, God and Enchantment of Place, Tradition and Imagination, and Discipleship and Imagination, the present book willenlarge horizons and challenge the narrowness of much theological thinking.

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David Brown explores the ways in which the symbolic associations of the body and what we do with it have helped shape religious experience and continue to do so. A Church narrowly focused on Christ's body wracked in pain needs to be reminded that the body as beautiful and sexual has alsoplayed a crucial role not only in other religions...

David Brown is Professor of Theology, Aesthetics and Culture and Wardlaw Professor at the University of St. Andrews.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pagesPublished:March 3, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199599963

ISBN - 13:9780199599967

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Finding God in Bodies1. Beautiful and Sexy2. The Dancer's Leap3. Food and Drink4. Ugly and WastedII. Ethereal and Material5. Classical Music6. Pop Music7. Blues, Musicals, and OperaIII. The Eucharistic Body8. Healing and Presence9. The Liturgical Imperative

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"Brown has given us a wonderful book that ranges over a vast amount of material. He shows knowledge not just of classical music but of pop music and explores the work of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen as well as Bach and Beethoven." --Paul Richardson, Church of England Newspaper 25/01/2008