Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of by Michelle Voss Roberts

By Michelle Voss Roberts

The depth and meaningfulness of aesthetic event have frequently been defined in theological phrases. via designating easy human feelings as rasa, a notice that connotes style, taste, or essence, Indian aesthetic thought conceptualizes emotional states as whatever to be savored. At their center, feelings should be tastes of the divine. during this booklet, the tools of the rising self-discipline of comparative theology permit the author’s appreciation of Hindu texts and practices to light up her Christian reflections on aesthetics and emotion.

Three feelings vie for prominence within the non secular sphere: peace, love, and fury. while Indian theorists following Abhinavagupta declare that the cultured emotion of peace top approximates the aim of non secular event, devotees of Krishna and medieval Christian readings of the track of Songs argue that love communicates such a lot powerfully with divinity. according to the transcendence emphasised in either ways, the e-book turns to fury at injustice to take care of emotion’s foundations within the fabric realm. the consequences of this confident theology of emotion for Christian liturgy, pastoral care, and social engagement are manifold.

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