A Subversive Gospel: Flannery O'Connor and the Reimagining of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth (Studies in Theology and the Arts #4) (Paperback)

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Conference on Christianity and Literature (CCL) Book of the Year - Literary Criticism

The good news of Jesus Christ is a subversive gospel, and following Jesus is a subversive act.

These notions were embodied in the literary work of American author Flannery O'Connor, whose writing was deeply informed by both her Southern context and her Christian faith. In this Studies in Theology and the Arts volume, theologian Michael Bruner explores O'Connor's theological aesthetic and argues that she reveals what discipleship to Christ entails by subverting the traditional understandings of beauty, truth, and goodness through her fiction. In addition, Bruner challenges recent scholarship by exploring the little-known influence of Baron Friedrich von H gel, a twentieth-century Roman Catholic theologian, on her work.

Bruner's study thus serves as a guide for those who enjoy reading O'Connor and--even more so--those who, like O'Connor herself, follow the subversive path of the crucified and risen one.

The Studies in Theology and the Arts series encourages Christians to thoughtfully engage with the relationship between their faith and artistic expression, with contributions from both theologians and artists on a range of artistic media including visual art, music, poetry, literature, film, and more.

About the Author


Michael Mears Bruner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate professor of practical theology at Azusa Pacific University. Born and raised in the Philippines as the son of missionaries, he is currently a resident scholar at the Huntington Library, an ordained minister in the PC(USA), and a recent recipient of a Lilly Endowment in theology and the arts.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780830850662
ISBN-10: 083085066X
Publisher: IVP Academic
Publication Date: October 24th, 2017
Pages: 260
Language: English
Series: Studies in Theology and the Arts