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Theatrical Theology by Wesley Vander Lugt; Trevor Hart (Editor)Theology is inherently theatrical, rooted in God's performance on the world stage and oriented toward faith seeking performative understanding in the theater of everyday life. Following Hans Urs von Balthasar's magisterial, five-volume 'Theo-Drama', a growing number of theologians and pastors have been engaging more widely with theater and drama, producing what has been recognized as a "theatrical turn" in theology. This volume includes thirteen essays from theologians and pastors who have contributed in distinct ways to this theatrical turn and who desire to deepen interdisciplinary dialogue between theology and theater. The result is an unprecedented collection of essays that embodies and advances theatrical theology for the purpose of enriching theological reflection and edifying the church.
Publication Date: 2015-03-13
The empty church : theater, theology, and bodily hope by Shannon Craigo-SnellWhy go to church? What happens in church and why does it matter? The Empty Church presents fresh answers to these questions by creating an interdisciplinary conversation between theater directors and Christian theologians.This original study expands church beyond the sanctuary and into life. Shannon Craigo-Snell emphasizes the importance of liturgical worship in forming Christians as characters crafted by the texts of the Bible. This formation includes shaping how Christians know, in ways that involve the intellect, emotions, body, and will.Each chapter brings a theater director into dialogue with a theologian, teasing out the ways performance enriches hermeneutics, anthropology, and epistemology. Thinkers like Karl Barth, Peter Brook, Delores Williams, and Bertolt Brecht are examined for their insights into theology, worship, and theater. The result is a compelling depiction of church as performance of relationship with Jesus Christ, mediated by Scripture, in hope of the Holy Spirit.Liturgical worship, at its best, forms Christians in patterns of affections. This includes the cultivation of emotion memories influenced by biblical narratives, as well as a repertoire of physical actions that evoke particular affections. Liturgy also encourages Christians to step into various roles, enabling them to make intellectual and volitional choices about what roles to take up in society. Through liturgical worship, the author argues, Christians can be formed as people who hope, and therefore as people who live in expectation of the presence and grace of God. This entails a discipline of emptiness that awaits and appreciates the Holy Spirit. Church performance must therefore be provisional, ongoing, and open to further inspiration.
The metaphor of performance has been applied fruitfully by anthropologists and other social theorists to different aspects of human social existence, and furnishes a potential helpful model which to think theologically about Christian life.
Performing the Sacred is a dialogue between a theologian and theatre artist, offering a full-scale exploration of theatre and theology. Authors illuminate the importance of live performance in a virtual world, of preserving the ancient art form of storytelling by becoming the story.
What is the true purpose of the arts? Using Shakespeares Hamlet and Kazans On the Waterfront as examples, The Fiery Serpent sets the standard for film and theater that reflects the model God put forth in creation.
An exploration of linguistic, structural, historical, and thematic relationships of religion and drama. Conversation between religion and culture, drama and Christianity, needs to be ongoing. This is a contribution to dialogue, asking questions, pointing towards possible answers, and encouraging others to join conversation.
Sacred Theatre examines the role of the sacred in the practice, process, and performance of drama. Yarrow draws on concepts from sociology, anthropology, and critical theory as well as analytical readings of plays and performance events to examine how theater interacts with the otherworldly.