Tradition and Imagination: Revelation and Change (Hardback)
  • Tradition and Imagination: Revelation and Change (Hardback)
zoom

Tradition and Imagination: Revelation and Change (Hardback)

(author)
£110.00
Hardback 410 Pages / Published: 25/11/1999
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198269915
Number of pages: 410
Weight: 608 g
Dimensions: 223 x 145 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
... there is a pleasing aesthetic to both books [Tradition and Imagination and Discipleship and Imagination], from their well-written prose to their jacket illustrations ... These two imaginative volumes make a strong case for celebrating the evolving of Christian traditions. * The Heythrop Journal *
Both books reflect a wide-ranging engagement with a host of sources, some surprising and unexpected, which demonstrate that the tradition of the scholar priest itself is alive and continues to evolve in imaginative patterns. * The Heythrop Journal *
Fascinating and thought-provoking. * Theological Book Review *
Brown has undertaken a Herculean task in both Tradition and Imagination and Discipleship and Imagination and rendered wonderful results. His encouragement of the Church to engage fully in ever-developing imaginative traditions is a worthy call and one to be applauded. These volumes are highly recommended. * Literature & Theology *
We can be sure that this book and its sequel will play a hugely significant role in the debates of the decades ahead. * Theology *
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 *
Quite magnificent. * James Barr, previously Professor of Hebrew, Oxford University, now Professor of the Hebrew Bible, Vanderbilt University. *
Together they [the two volumes - of which this is the first] constitute an achievement unmatched by any British theologian for a long time. The range of erudition (biblical, historical, philosophical; in art, poetry and fiction) is remarkable ... it is likely to make a considerable impact in changing for the better the way in which the nature of doctrinal theology is conceived. * Maurice Wiles, Emeritus Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford. *
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, Times Higher Education Supplement *
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, Times Higher Education Supplement *
Brown's hard critical eye forces us all to reconsider how firm the basis of our position really is, but the deftness with which he moves his argument and the breadth of his erudition are hugely fruitful for our understanding of the biblical witness, the continuing self-revelation of God, the tradition, the imagination, the arts and truth. * Journal of Ecclesiastical History *

You may also be interested in...

Religion for Atheists
Added to basket
Beyond Good and Evil
Added to basket
Simone Weil: An Anthology
Added to basket
Knowing God
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Sickness Unto Death
Added to basket
The End of Faith
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Fear and Trembling
Added to basket
Fear and Trembling
Added to basket
The Case for God
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
The Face of God
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
Added to basket
City of God
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
A History Of God
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.