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Wonder Reborn: Creating Sermons on Hymns, Music, and Poetry

Thomas H. Troeger


This book explores an issue at the nerve of the long-term health of all churches: how godly wonder can be reborn through renewed attention to the place of beauty in preaching and worship. The book opens with an exploration of the theological and cultural difficulties of defining beauty. It traces the church’s historical ambivalence about beauty and art, and how in our own day the concept of beauty has been commercialized and degraded. Troeger develops a theologically informed aesthetic that provides a countercultural vision of beauty flowing from the love of God. The book then demonstrates how ... More

Keywords: aesthetic, art, beauty, hymns, midrash, music, poetry, sermons, wonder, worship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195398885
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398885.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas H. Troeger, author
Yale University
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