Although the arts have played a significant role in both world history and Christian history, the contemporary church has often shunned them in favour of a more intellectual approach to theology. Beholding the Glory argues the necessity of renewing an engagement between theology and the arts. Specifically focusing on the incarnation, the book shows how the arts have an indispensable role to play in disclosing God's wisdom. With an introduction by the editor, the book consists of eight essays written by practicing artists (a sculptor, poet, dancer, and musician), theologians, and professors--all well-versed in the relationship between imagination and theology. Beholding the Glory would be an appropriate text for humanities courses as well as theological courses that stress a multifaceted approach to Christian doctrine.
Jeremy Begbie (Ph. D., University of Aberdeen) is vice principal of Ridley Hall and director of Theology Through the Arts, a research project at the Center for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies, University of Cambridge. A professionally trained musician and frequent lecturer, he is the author or editor of four books.