Liturgy and the Beauty of the Unknown (Liturgy Worship & by Dr Torevell David

By Dr Torevell David

Contemporary tradition is rediscovering the significance of good looks for either social transformation and private happiness. Theologians have sought, of their assorted methods, to illustrate how God's attractiveness is linked to notions of fact and goodness. This booklet breaks new flooring by way of suggesting that liturgy is the ability par excellence during which an adventure of good looks is communicated. Drawing from either secular and non secular understandings, specifically the paranormal and apophatic culture, the booklet demonstrates how liturgy has the aptitude to accomplish the single eventually trustworthy type of good looks simply because its embodied elements may be able to replicate the traumatic great thing about the single to whom worship is usually provided. Such parts depend on figuring out the cultured dynamics upon which liturgy relies.

This ebook attracts from a vast variety of disciplines all for figuring out attractiveness and self-transformation and concludes that whereas secular utopian types have a lot to give a contribution to moral transformation, they eventually fail in view that they lack the Christological and eschatological framework wanted, which liturgy on my own provides.

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Abgar’s yearning desire enables him to recognize that the cloth given to him is in fact Christ’s, even though he had never encountered this before. As Ward writes, ‘Desire reaches forward toward that which it already, inchoately, possesses. It apprehends that which it cannot see and then attains an understanding of that apprehension in the delivery of what it desired. The beautiful becomes, then, a mode of recognition in an operation of desire’ (2003: 39). Salvation constitutes a return to the knowledge that one is made in the image of God.

We must affirm and deny all things about God at the same time and realize there is no contradiction between the two since God is both – for example, brilliant darkness and neither, neither lightness nor darkness. This is simply another way of saying that the negation of the negation is used to demonstrate the futile inadequacy of religious language. Language fails and only paradox or silence or both remain. In all this, Turner reminds us of Denys’s neo-Platonic influence: What Denys had to say about theological language is but the transposition of the Platonic dialectics of the Cave Allegory into the domain of discourse.

Worship for St John is ‘a token of subjection – that is, submission and humiliation’ (Ward 2003: 46). The artist has the ability to see the form of God’s glory and make it manifest to the world. Here begins a theological aesthetics interwoven with a theological phenomenology seeing all created matter as expressing divine grace and power. The artist is able to ‘see’ this – she recognizes that all creation must be received as divine gift, and that because of the Incarnation the relationship between the seen and the unseen is radically changed.

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