God and Mystery in Words: Experience through Metaphor and Drama

Paperback | March 1, 2011

byDavid 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, hymnsand 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 music encouraged a sense ofdrama, 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 aidexperience of God.

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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, hymnsand sermons now more commonly merely consol...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pagesPublished:March 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199599971

ISBN - 13:9780199599974

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Experience through Metaphor1. Logos and Mystery2. Metaphor and Disclosure3. Hymns and Psalms4. Verbal and Visual ImageII. Experience through Drama5. Drama and Religion6. Enactment in Music7. Performance, Costume, StagingConclusion

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"It is not possible to read a book by David Brown without being challenged, informed, and provoked to think again about received assumptions and expectations...[it is a] privilege [to be] invited to revisit familiar liturgical experiences in the company of such an engaging companion and toknow them as if for the first time." --John Saxbee, Times Literary Supplement 04/07/2008