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A theology of criticism : Balthasar, postmodernism, and the Catholic imagination

Author: Michael P Murphy
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Series: American Academy of Religion academy series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In A Theology of Criticism, Michael Patrick Murphy proposes a new framework to better define the concept of a Catholic imagination. He explores the many ways in which the theological work of Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988) can provide the model, content, and optic for distinguishing this type of imagination from others. Since Balthasar views art and literature precisely as theologies, Murphy surveys a broad
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Named Person: Hans Urs von Balthasar; Hans Urs von Balthasar; Hans Urs von Balthasar; Hans Urs von Balthasar; Hans Urs von Balthasar; Hans Urs Balthasar
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael P Murphy
ISBN: 9780195333527 0195333527
OCLC Number: 131063441
Description: xiv, 210 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Locating difference --
Hans Urs von Balthasar --
Sacred arrangements --
Breaking the waves --
Therapy --
Coda.
Series Title: American Academy of Religion academy series.
Responsibility: Michael Patrick Murphy.
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"In A Theology of Criticism, Michael Patrick Murphy proposes a new framework to better define the concept of a Catholic imagination. He explores the many ways in which the theological work of Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988) can provide the model, content, and optic for distinguishing this type of imagination from others. Since Balthasar views art and literature precisely as theologies, Murphy surveys a broad array of poetry, drama, fiction, and film and sets them against central aspects of Balthasar's theological program. In doing so, Murphy seeks to develop a theology of criticism.".

"This interdisciplinary work recovers the legitimate place of a distinct "theological imagination" in critical theory, showing that Balthasar's voice both challenges and complements contemporary developments. Murphy also contends that postmodern interpretive methodology, with its careful critique of entrenched philosophical assumptions and reiterated codes of meaning, is not the threat to theological meaning that many fear. On the contrary, by juxtaposing postmodern critical methodologies against Balthasar's visionary theological range, a space is made available for literary critics and theologians alike. More important, the critic is provided with the tools to assess, challenge, and celebrate the theological imagination as it is depicted today."--BOOK JACKET.

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