Theology as improvisation : a study in the musical nature of theological thinking /

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Author / Creator:Crawford, Nathan.
Imprint:Boston : Brill, 2013.
Description:1 online resource.
Series:Studies in systematic theology, 1876-1518 ; v. 13
Studies in systematic theology ; v. 13.
Music -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
RELIGION -- Christian Theology -- Systematic.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- General.
Music -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
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Summary:In Theology as Improvisation , Nathan Crawford reimagines the possibilities for how theology thinks God within a postmodern world. He argues that theology is improvisation by analyzing the nature of attunement within theological thinking and how this opens certain possibilities for theology. He does so by engaging a number of thinkers, including Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, David Tracy, and Saint Augustine. He navigates the nature of thinking God in a postmodern world by using these thinkers to offer critiques of onto-theological thinking and totalizing systems while also following their embrace of the fragment and focus upon the nature of thinking as attunement. The result is a unique way of approaching theological thinking in our contemporary context.
Other form:Print version: Crawford, Nathan. Theology as improvisation. Boston : Brill, 2013 9789004245969
Table of Contents:
  • Machine generated contents note: A. Incomplete Account of Thinking God in the Christian Tradition
  • B. Problem
  • C. My Argument (or, a Modestly Proposed Solution)
  • D. Brief Excursus
  • Orienting Terms
  • 1. Heidegger and the Question of Thinking
  • A. Pursuing the Path of Thinking
  • B. "Step Back"
  • Opening the Path to Being
  • C. Thinking as Attunement
  • D. Conclusion
  • 2. Derrida and Attunement: Playing in a Deconstructive Mode
  • A. Deconstruction as Attunement
  • B. Hospitality as Attunement
  • C. Risking Interpretation
  • The Example of Translation
  • D. Concluding Remarks
  • 3. Finding the Groove: Attunement as Musical Way of Thinking
  • A. Centrality of Listening
  • B. Place of Attunement in Improvisation
  • C. Improvisation as Transformation: Breaking the Musical Form
  • D. Conclusion
  • 4. Attunement and Theology: Resonations with David Tracy
  • A. Theology as Conversation: The Problem of Totality and the Task of Theology
  • B. Naming God: The Turn to Form through the Fragment
  • C. Gathering: Rethinking the "System" of Theology
  • D. Excursus: An Ethics of Resistance
  • E. Conclusion
  • 5. Theological Example: Augustine's Unstructuring of Theological Form
  • A. Basis of Theology: De Musica and the Basis of Theology
  • B. Finding the Groove: Rhetoric as Form in De Doctrina Christiana
  • C. Improvising Freely: The Form of the Confessions
  • D. Concluding Remarks
  • Conclusion: Well, Sort of
  • A. Relating the Parts to the Whole
  • B. Emphases for Theology.