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Theological AestheticsGod in Imagination, Beauty, and Art$
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Richard Viladesau

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195126228

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195126228.001.0001

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Divine Revelation and Human Perception

Divine Revelation and Human Perception

(p.73) Chapter 3 Divine Revelation and Human Perception
Theological Aesthetics

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This chapter begins by discussing the most basic epistemological presuppositions of a fundamental theology of the imagination that would respond to the questions raised in the preceding chapter. It utilizes a transcendental examination of the acting subject to provide the anthropological conditions of possibility for the knowledge of God and the reception of a divine revelation. It shows that among these conditions of “transcendent” knowledge are sensibility and the exercise of imagination. The chapter then constructs the outline of the first part of a “fundamental” theological aesthetics—that is, the discernment of the conditions of possibility for the communication and perception of revelation in sensible form. The central concern is to examine how words and images can be used to mediate the knowledge of God's self-revelation. This involves confronting two other more basic issues: how God is knowable to a mind intrinsically tied to sense perception, and how God can be revealed through human history.

Keywords:   God, divine revelation, transcendence, sensibility, imagination, perception, theological aesthetics

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