A theopoetics in ruins

Walton, H. (2020) A theopoetics in ruins. Toronto Journal of Theology, 36(2), pp. 159-169. (doi: 10.3138/tjt-2020-0082)

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This article takes as its starting point Bruno Latour’s reflections on the dereliction of theological discourse in contemporary culture. Acknowledging that theologians seek to avoid the question of how what “once had so much meaning [has] become absolutely meaningless,” it frames its reflections around John 2:19 and seeks to develop a “theopoetics of the broken form” that is located in the ruins of faith. To do so, it employs creative resources from art and literature, as well as the author’s own life writing. Although there is no escaping from the destruction of former secure habitations, this work attempts to embody the transforming encounters that are possible when God making takes place in broken places where life and death meet.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Walton, Professor Heather
Authors: Walton, H.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Toronto Journal of Theology
Publisher:University of Toronto Press
ISSN (Online):1918-6371
Published Online:07 August 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © Toronto Journal of Theology 36/2, 2020
First Published:First published in Toronto Journal of Theology 36(2): 159-169
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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