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Christianity, Art and Transformation: Theological Aesthetics in the Struggle for Justice Paperback – November 6, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0521089500 ISBN-10: 0521089506 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (November 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521089506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521089500
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review of the hardback: '... a new and original and a very welcome addition to the subject.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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Christianity, Art and Transformation is a journey of exploration that is both historical and contemporary, theological and practical. The reader is invited to share in the journey beginning in the life of the early church, travelling through the history of European Christianity and art, and arriving in southern Africa. Many themes weave through its pages, among them the nature of beauty, good taste, the power of sacred images, aesthetics and ethics, and the role of art in society and the church today.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Martin on January 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As a scholar interested in the interplay between art and justice this book is invaluable. De Gruchy uses the context of South Africa under apartheid. He weaves in the theology of ancients along with the more recent works of Barth, von Balthasar and Bonhoeffer to create a sort of liberation aesthetic theology. While he explains these theologians as well and as clearly as anyone I've seen, they are pretty tough to understand. This is not a light read. But if this topic interests you, it's a very good book.
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