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Beholding the Glory

Incarnation Through the Arts

by Jeremy S. Begbie

A splen­did con­tri­bu­tion to a white-hot the­o­log­i­cal top­ic: the rela­tion­ship between the­ol­o­gy and the arts. In this book, a mul­ti-faceted illu­mi­na­tion is achieved by the dis­tin­guished con­trib­u­tors, who shine their spot­lights not only on God’s truth as revealed in Jesus Christ, but upon the dynam­ic cre­ativ­i­ty of artists as they explore this truth in so many strik­ing and stim­u­lat­ing ways. This is a com­pul­sive read, rich­ly reward­ing, which made me real­ize the enor­mous impor­tance of doing the­ol­o­gy through the arts.” ‑Susan Howatch, best-sell­ing author of the Star­bridge series

A fine col­lec­tion of prob­ing and imag­i­na­tive dis­cus­sions of the rela­tion between the incar­na­tion and the arts. It’s like a kalei­do­scope: one turns the page to a new chap­ter and yet a dif­fer­ent view appears.” ‑Nicholas Wolter­storff, Yale Divin­i­ty School

Artists do the­ol­o­gy with their feet and their hands, even with their eyes and ears. These essays are beau­ti­ful reflec­tions on these oth­er ways of doing the­ol­o­gy. They will ben­e­fit every­one who loves the arts and seeks to fol­low Christ, espe­cial­ly per­haps those who study’ the­ol­o­gy pri­mar­i­ly with their minds!” ‑William A. Dyr­ness, Fuller The­o­log­i­cal Seminary

Jere­my Beg­bie and his team engage with two live­ly inten­si­ties, incar­na­tion and the arts, and give a fresh sense of each.” ‑David F. Ford, Uni­ver­si­ty of Cambridge

A live­ly cor­rec­tive to com­mon ways of think­ing about the arts.” ‑Roger Lundin, Wheaton College

Behold­ing the Glo­ry demon­strates the indis­pens­able role the arts play in dis­clos­ing God’s wis­dom to us. Writ­ing from dif­fer­ent Chris­t­ian tra­di­tions, prac­tic­ing artists, the­olo­gians, and pro­fes­sors-all well-versed in the rela­tion­ship between imag­i­na­tion and the­ol­o­gy-focus on the incar­na­tion and draw out a wealth of mean­ing in the belief that God entered our world as one of us.

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