God / Terror

Ethics and Aesthetics in Contexts of Conflict and Reconciliation

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Volker Küster
  • Sheffield, UK: 
    Equinox Publishing
    , August
     2021.
     108 pages.
     $75.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781800500921.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

In late modernity theology has to perform an aesthetic turn, if it wants to break out of its current isolation. Theologians cannot limit themselves to biblical texts and Christian tradition as a frame of reference but also have to search for traces of God’s presence in cultures and religions. God/Terror addresses the quest for God in the context of oppression, violence and terror from an aesthetic perspective. It looks at how artists and writers approach the relationship between God and Terror. Statements such as that from composer Karl Heinz Stockhausen: “9/11 was the greatest work of art ever” or from South African writer Adam Small: “Only literature can perform the miracle of reconciliation” – are occasions to reflect again about the relationship between ethics and aesthetics, theology and the arts. As in a medieval diptych, the theme is mirroring god talk in memory of 9/11 and in the context of political conflicts in Germany, South Korea and South Africa.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Volker Küster, Rev. Prof. Dr., born 1962, studied theology in Heidelberg and Seoul / South Korea (1982-1990); 1990-1997 lecturer at the Theological Faculty, University of Heidelberg, 1994 Dissertation, 1998 Habilitation, ordained as minister 1999; research fellow Theological University Kampen 1999-2001 and researcher IIMO, University of Utrecht 2001-2002; 2002-2012 Professor of Cross-cultural Theology, Protestant Theological University, Kampen, The Netherlands; since Oct. 2012, Professor of Comparative Religion and Missiology, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany.

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