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by William A. Dyrness

  • Author: William A. Dyrness
  • ISBN: 080286578X
  • ISBN13: 978-0802865786
  • ePub: 1829 kb | FB2: 1387 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Literature & Fiction
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (December 23, 2010)
  • Pages: 352
  • Rating: 4.3/5
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Poetic Theology: God and the Poetics of Everyday Life ePub download

william Dyrness communicates the concepts of poetic theology and the history of the field clearly and honestly. The poetry that matters to most people, then, is what we might call the poetics of everyday life.

william Dyrness communicates the concepts of poetic theology and the history of the field clearly and honestly. I recommend this work for any theologian/ artist. So in this book I have broadened my focus to include many kinds of symbolic objects and practices - those projects that embody the desires and dreams around which people orient their lives. For some these center on specifically religious practices, but for many others these include commitments to various aesthetic, recreational, and even political causes that engender their own special devotional practices (x).

William Dyrness s bold invitation to a poetic theology shaped by Scripture, tradition, and imagination one luring us toward a fuller participation in beauty than argument or concept alone allow reminds us that truth itself is beautiful.

William Dyrness s bold invitation to a poetic theology shaped by Scripture, tradition, and imagination one luring us toward a fuller participation in beauty than argument or concept alone allow reminds us that truth itself is beautiful to behold and poetic to the core. If poetry is in its deepest reflex an intensification of life, then Dyrness s call for a poetic theology is one we ignore at our peril, reminding us that faithful living is not only about proper thinking but also and, perhaps, more properly about the texture of our living and the quality of our loving.

With the title Poetic Theology, you might expect a book brimming with iambic pentameter, but the subtitle hints at. .

With the title Poetic Theology, you might expect a book brimming with iambic pentameter, but the subtitle hints at another purpose: to explore the poetry inherent in all of life and to do so in the pigeon-toed prose of theology (p. ix). By speaking of poetry, therefore, Dyrness is not referring to a particular kind of literature, but the creative-making-the poesis-at the heart of all human activity. Consequently, poetic theology recognizes the legitimate desires humans possess and express regarding the poetry of everyday life.

Poetic Theology book. Reveals the presence of God in the creative works of human life and culture. What are the "poetics of everyday life"? What can they teach us about God? Art, music, dance, and writing can certainly be "poetic," but so can such diverse pastimes as fishing, skiing, or attending sports events. Any and all activities that satisfy our fundamental need for play, for celebration, and fo Reveals the presence of God in the creative works of human life and culture. What are the "poetics of everyday life"? What can they teach us about God?

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Reveals the presence of God in the creative works of human life and culture. What are the "poetics of everyday life"? What can they teach us about God?

Any and all activities that satisfy our fundamental need for play, for celebration, and for ritual, says William Dyrness, are inherently poetic - and in Poetic Theology he demonstrates that all such activities are places where God is active in the world. This desire is rooted in the presence and calling of God in and through the good creation. What are the "poetics of everyday life"? What can they teach us about God?

Dymess sees "poetic theology" as key to tin's process

Dymess sees "poetic theology" as key to tin's process. Across this historical perspective, Dyrness argues that different forms of theologia poetica take seriously the idea that the symbolic spaces created by various forms of cultural expression reflect the unspoken and sometimes unspeakable longings in which he the hidden collective and individual symbols for people's Uves.

Poetic Theology: God and the Poetics of Everyday Life. Rainbows for the Fallen World: Aesthetic Life and Artistic Task. Evdokimov, Paul E. The Art of the Icon: A Theology of Beauty. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire & Redondo Beach, California: Anthony Clarke Publishers & Oakwood Publications, 1990, ISBN 618545-4-5. Toronto, ON: Toronto Tuppence Press, 1980.

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Reveals the presence of God in the creative works of human life and culture What are the "poetics of everyday life"? What can they teach us about God? Art, music, dance, and writing can certainly be "poetic," but so can such diverse pastimes as fishing, skiing, or attending sports events. Any and all activities that satisfy our fundamental need for play, for celebration, and for ritual, says William Dyrness, are inherently poetic -- and in Poetic Theology he demonstrates that all such activities are places where God is active in the world. All of humanity's creative efforts, Dyrness points out, testify to our intrinsic longing for joy and delight and our deep desire to connect with others, with the created order, and especially with the Creator. This desire is rooted in the presence and calling of God in and through the good creation. With extensive reflection on aesthetics in spirituality, worship, and community development, Dyrness's Poetic Theology will be useful for all who seek fresh and powerful new ways to communicate the gospel in contemporary society.
Gnng
william Dyrness communicates the concepts of poetic theology and the history of the field clearly and honestly. I recommend this work for any theologian/ artist.
Enila
Not well written. Seems like a quick attempt to logically string together what were essentially unrelated papers.
Mr_NiCkNaMe
[ This review originally appeared in
THE ENGLEWOOD REVIEW OF BOOKS - 29 July 2011 ]

I have long-admired William Dyrness's work; his The Earth is God's, for instance, is one of the finest works on theology and culture. I was therefore excited to learn of his recent book Poetic Theology: God and the Poetics of Everyday Life, a work that "seeks to connect poetry and theology." This is an extraordinarily important book, and I must confess that I have not yet given it all the attention that it deserves. Allow me here to give just the tiniest taste of why this is such a crucial book.

First, Dyrness - following in a similar path as Jamie Smith's superb work Desiring the Kingdom - has a deep sense of the liturgies that shape our everyday desires. He says:

What I have discovered is that works of art - painting, poetry, architecture - do not function independently of the context in which they are experienced. And for most people most of the time, this context reflects the complex arrangements of modern life. The poetry that matters to most people, then, is what we might call the poetics of everyday life. So in this book I have broadened my focus to include many kinds of symbolic objects and practices - those projects that embody the desires and dreams around which people orient their lives. For some these center on specifically religious practices, but for many others these include commitments to various aesthetic, recreational, and even political causes that engender their own special devotional practices (x).

Over the course of the work, Dyrness does a great deal of historical exploration in literature and theology, but the book's final two chapters - which for me were what made this book extraordinary - turn to the ethics of how this aesthetic vision of the poetics of everyday life get worked out in our local church communities. The first of these chapters builds upon the work of Miroslav Volf, Stanley Hauerwas and Gerhard Lohfink (now there's a trio of theologians!) to flesh out a vision of "The Aesthetics of the Church." Dyrness concludes: "We interpret Scripture by our corporate life together, the social space that is formed by the Holy Spirit; we construe the text in ways that reflect the historical place that we find ourselves in (or that we have chosen) and which we will do our part to enlarge and elaborate; but above all we make our interpreted witness by the shapes and objects of our worship." From this point, he proceeds into the final chapter "Aesthetics and Social Transformation," in which he explores the church's role in community development, i.e., the aesthetics of practices that nurture the health of a community. Dyrness focuses here on three facets of community development: play, celebrations and rituals. For those who have been involved, as we have here at Englewood Christian Church, in the work of community development, these facets might initially strike us as peculiar. Dyrness recognizes this peculiarity and reminds us that the life into which God calls us goes is deeper and broader than bare necessities: "Asserting the aesthetics is essential to human flourishing is simply affirming that one does not live by bread alone [; ...] a house is meant to be made into a home; food is provided for the sake of mounting a feast."

Poetic Theology is a book that I undoubtedly will be spending more time with over the coming months and years. And if you are one who has a sense that the Kingdom of God is marked by its beauty, you would do well to do likewise!
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