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Theology and the Drama of History


Part of Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine

  • Date Published: November 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521090827

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  • How can theology think and talk about history? Building on the work of the major twentieth-century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar as well as entering into sharp critical debate with him, this book sets out to examine the value and the potential of a 'theodramatic' conception of history. By engaging in dialogue not only with theologians and philosophers like von Balthasar, Hegel and Barth, but with poets and dramatists such as the Greek tragedians, Shakespeare and Gerard Manley Hopkins, the book makes its theological principles open and indebted to literary forms, and seeks to show how such a theology might be applied to a world intrinsically and thoroughly historical. By contrast with theologies that stand back from the contingencies of history and so fight shy of the uncertainties and openness of Christian existence, this book's theology is committed to taking seriously the God who works in time.

    • Ben Quash deals with a core human concern - the historicality of existence
    • This book offers a rare combination of theological, literary and philosophical sensitivity
    • Quash challenges the reception of von Balthasar's thought to rise to a new level of critical reflection and application
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Reviews of the hardback: 'This book is, throughout, an invigorating and challenging read.' Church Times

    '… scholars interested in the relationships between nature, grace and history, will find this work very stimulating and illuminating. It is also beautifully written, it contains valuable bibliographical references, and it is not scared to be interdisciplinary.' International Journal of Systematic Theology

    'There is much to praise in this book, not least of which is its articulate insistence that Christian theologians (and, I would add, philosophers) need to be far more modest in their claims to have discerned God's presence and plans amid history's turbulent flow. Quash succeeds, sometimes brilliantly, in exposing some of the epic meanderings in von Balthasar's vast corpus.' Scottish Journal of Theology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521090827
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Dramatizing theology
    2. Freedom and indifference
    3. Epic history and the question of tragedy
    4. Eschatology and the existential register
    5. Analogy's unaccountable scaffolding
    6. Theodramatics, history and the holy spirit

  • Author

    Ben Quash, Peterhouse, Cambridge
    Ben Quash is Dean and Fellow of Peterhouse and lectures at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. He is also Convenor of the Cambridge Interfaith Programme.

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