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Theology and the kinesthetic imagination : Jonathan Edwards and the making of modernity

Author: Kathryn Reklis
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Beauty, bodily knowledge, and desire have emerged as candidates to reorient theological reflection by subverting the fragmentation of the self wrought by Western Enlightenment philosophies and the political and economic regimes those philosophies fund. Reklis returns to a particular moment in the history of Protestant Christianity and its collusion with the creation of this modern, rational subject: the publicly  Read more...
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Named Person: Jonathan Edwards; Jonathan Edwards; Jonathan Edwards; Jonathan Edwards
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn Reklis
ISBN: 9780199373062 019937306X
OCLC Number: 864095841
Description: xi, 166 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. Beauty, body, and desire : or what this book is "about" ; Modernity, subjectivity, and the circum-Atlantic world ; Performance theory : scenarios and the kinesthetic imagination ; Outline of chapters --
Location, location, location. Sermon events and the problem of performance ; Marketplace and tavern house ; The circum-Atlantic world --
Creating the repertoire. Jonathan Edwards as preacher/performer : the sermon event as laboratory ; Beauty, pleasure, and delight : swallowed up in God ; Terror and damnation : swallowed up in wrath --
Scenarios of universality. Scripting a surprising work of God : toward a scenario of universality ; Kinesthetic imagination and the scenario of universality ; Competing scenarios : sovereignty and the circum-Atlantic subject ; Competing scenarios : universality and the slave economy ; Conclusion : the afterlife of failure.
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The book is a case study of how beauty, desire, and bodily experience converge in the work of Jonathan Edwards, using the "kinesthetic imagination" to escape the false dichotomies of modernity.  Read more...

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