Redeemed at Countless Cost

The Recovery of Iconographic Theology and Religious Experience from 1850 to 2000

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Stewart A. Dippel, Jeffrey Champlin
American University Studies
  • New York, NY: 
    Peter Lang Publishing
    , June
     214 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Martha Kelly forthcoming.


This book traces a recovery of iconographic religious experience and theology in the nineteenth century. In contrast to a logocentric religious focus, which privileges texts and their analysis, an iconographic focus emphasizes the visual and narrative attributes of religion. The introduction sets the stage by discussing the profound disquietude in the wake of Britain’s Religious Census of 1851, along with the various responses to a perceived decline in religiosity. Two subsequent chapters deal with the resurgence of iconographic religion from the perspective of theology proper, arguing that contemporary theologians, such as those represented by the Yale School of Divinity, held to a more holistic as opposed to a fragmentary approach towards scripture. In doing so they came to center the scriptural stories on the events surrounding Christ’s passion. The remaining chapters trace the recovery of iconographic religion through American, Russian, and British culture throughout the nineteenth century. Ultimately, this book argues for a revision on the standard ‘read’ regarding these artists and writers which holds that they were predominantly secular in orientation.

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

Stewart Dippel teaches history and political science at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. His published dissertation and three subsequent books are on seventeenth-century religious history.

The Reverend Jeffrey Champlin is an ordained priest of the Episcopal Church. He has served congregations in Connecticut, Kansas, and Arkansas. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University (1978) and Yale Divinity School (1983). For the last four years, he has served as an instructor in the Iona Project, a church-wide program to provide through Dioceses academic and pastoral formation for locally-prepared candidates for ordination.



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