- List of Contributors
- The Self and the Good Life
- Nationalism and Patriotism
- The Making of the Modern Metropolis
- The Other
- Freedom and Human Emancipation
- Work and Labour
- Suffering In Theology and Modern European Thought
- Nihilism and Theology: Who Stands at the Door?
- War and Peace
- Radical Philosophy and Political Theology
- Beauty and Sublimity
- Time and History
- The Metaphysics of Modernity
- The Bible
- Divine Providence
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores conceptions of the sacramental in modern European thought and considers early modern attempts to use the notion to ground a sense of divine presence in the world. Sometimes the terminology is explicit and sometimes not, and sometimes it is even borrowed for non-theistic purposes, but throughout, what links all such usages is the view that material reality can point beyond itself to some kind of transcendent reality. The discussions cover Platonism and the Romantic movement; John Ruskin and the Symbolist movement; and disenchantment and responses from secular and sacred.
David Brown has been Wardlaw Professor of Theology, Aesthetics and Culture at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts in the University of St. Andrews since 2007. Prior to that, he taught first at Oxford and then at Durham where he held the Van Mildert Chair in Divinity. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2002.
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