Theological Interpretation of Culture in Post-Communist Context

Theological Interpretation of Culture in Post-Communist Context

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Twenty years after the fall of communism in Central and East Europe is an ocassion to reevaluate the cultural and theological contribution from that region to the secularisation - post-secularisation debate. Czech theologian Ivana Noble develops a Trinitarian theology through a close dialogue with literature, music and film, which formed not only alternatives to totalitarian ideologies, but also followed the loss and reappeareance of belief in God. Noble explains that, by listening to the artists, the churches and theologians can deal with questions about the nature of the world, memory and ultimate fulfilment in a more nuanced way. Then, as partakers in the search undertaken by their secular and post-secular contemporaries, theologians can penetrate a new depth of meaning, sending out shoots from the stump of Christian symbolism. Drawing on the rich cultures of Central and East Europe and both Western and Eastern theological traditions, this book presents a theological reading of contemporary culture which is important not just for post-Communist countries but for all who are engaged in the debate on the boundaries between theology, politics and arts.27 The film shows us that fraternity, unlike liberty or equality, can be found in this world, that a#39;in everybodya#39;s life there ... The film starts as if inside a telephone conversation. We see a dialling hand, the signals passed on through wires, but also through rails, through water, through the ... Both Auguste and Valentine surround themselves with red, be it a red jeep, a red ribbon, red tablecloth or a red jumper.

Title:Theological Interpretation of Culture in Post-Communist Context
Author:Dr Ivana Noble
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2013-06-28


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