Princeton Theological Review – Theology and the Arts

The latest issue of The Princeton Theological Review – this edition put together by David Congdon, Chris TerryNelson, and others – is out. Commendably, it is dedicated to the discussion between theology and the arts. It can be read online here or download as a pdf here.

Articles include the following:

A Vacation for Grünewald: On Karl Barth’s Vexed Relationship with Visual Art
by Matthew Milliner

Call Forwarding: Improvising the Response to the Call of Beauty
by Bruce Benson

Theology and Church Music
by Gordon Graham

“A Pre-Appearance of the Truth”: Toward a Christological Aesthetics
by D.W. Congdon

The Beautiful as a Gateway to the Transcendent: The Contributions of the Decadent Movement in 19th Century Literature and the Theological Aesthetics of Hans Urs von Balthasar
by Walter Kedjierski

Fighting Troll-Demons in Vaults of the Mind and Heart – Art, Tragedy, and Sacramentality: Some Observations from Ibsen, Forsyth, and Dostoevsky
by Jason Goroncy


  1. Thanks mate. I was reasonably happy with it … managed to get a few things off my chest that I’ve wanted to get down on paper for some time.


  2. Tell you what though…

    An essay on Art and Beauty… And not one mention of Shakespeare…

    Philistine! No wonder we Brits sent you across to Australia – if only you’d listened in English lessons!


  3. How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience.
    The harlot’s cheek, beautied with plast’ring art,
    Is not more ugly to the thing that helps it
    Than is my deed to my most painted word.
    O heavy burden!

    .. There … happy

    Note Shakespeare’s confession on the last line.

    By the way, I luvvedd inglish … especially during the cricket season.


  4. It’s a very well-written article* – in fact beautifully-written in some places. I enjoyed reading it.

    PT Forsyth seems to like Shakespeare so doesn’t that mean you should!

    * I mean well-written in the sense I had to look up a word in the VERY first sentence… Who even uses “nocent”!


  5. Glad you enjoyed it … And … with all those positive refs to Shakespeare.

    But aren’t you meant to be revising for exams?


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