Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue

Charles Taylor and Anglican Theology

Aesthetic Ecclesiology

Authors: Franklin, J. A.

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  • Offers a novel engagement of Charles Taylor from the perspective of Anglicanism
  • Presents an innovative account of the aesthetic as significant for Anglican theology
  • Illustrates how the realms of nature and grace have been illegitimately sundered in Modernity
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This book considers the work of Charles Taylor from a theological perspective, specifically relating to the topic of ecclesiology. It argues that Taylor and related thinkers such as John Milbank and Rowan Williams point towards an “Aesthetic Ecclesiology,” an ecclesiology that values highly and utilizes the aesthetic in its self-understanding and practice.

Jamie Franklin argues that Taylor’s work provides an account of the breakdown in Modernity of the conceptual relationship of the immanent and the transcendent, and that the work of John Milbank and radical orthodoxy give a complementary account of the secular from a more metaphysical angle. Franklin also incorporates the work of Rowan Williams, which provides us a way of thinking about the Church that is rooted in a material and historical legacy.

The central argument is that the reconnection of the transcendent and the immanent coheres with an understanding of the Church that incorporates the material reality of the sacraments, the importance of artistic beauty and craftsmanship, and the Church’s status as historical, global, and eschatological. Secondly, the aesthetic provides the Church with a powerful apologetic: beauty cannot be reduced to the presuppositions of secular materialism, and so must be accounted for by recourse to transcendent categories.

About the authors

J. A. Franklin is a priest in the Church of England. He trained for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon, and holds a master’s degree in theology and biblical studies from King’s College London and a doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Oxford, UK.

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"Although the title of this work is accurate, it is misleading. Far from being a narrow exploration of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age and two creative and formidable Anglican theologians, John Milbank and Rowan Williams, Aesthetic Ecclesiology brings a fresh and wide-ranging approach which will also be of ecumenical interest. All would certainly agree with Michael Ramsey that the Church does not simply have a message, but the Church is the message. For this reason, we so urgently need the thoughtful, critical, and creative theology we find in this work that the Church may become the home of humanity and the place in which God’s Glory dwells in healing, grace, beauty, and holiness for all creation."—James Hanvey SJ Master (emeritus) Campion Hall, Oxford. Visiting Professor, Gregorian University, Rome

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Charles Taylor and Anglican Theology
Book Subtitle
Aesthetic Ecclesiology
Authors
Series Title
Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-82106-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-82106-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-82105-0
Series ISSN
2634-6591
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 222
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