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Glory Over Sublimity: Barth's Theological Aesthetics

Kirkland, Scott A. (2016) Glory Over Sublimity: Barth's Theological Aesthetics. Heythrop Journal. pp. 1010-1018. ISSN 1468-2265

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Abstract

My contention is that Barth deliberately reframes theologically the Kantian conditions for perception of the beautiful and the sublime by dispossessing the subject of the normative universality she maintains in Kant’s system of knowing. Barth frames beauty and sublimity instead in terms of the givenness of divine being for us in the form of the Son of God incarnate. Beauty no longer is a subjective a priori; it is rather a product of divine self-giving. Barth therefore finds ways to speak of creaturely participation in this beauty through the playful language of ‘joy’ and ‘happiness’ in the Spirit.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Karl Barth, Immanuel Kant, Aesthetics, Doctrine of God, Divine Simplicity
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Scott Kirkland
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 03:42
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2017 06:36
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2109

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