By Richard Viladesau
From the earliest interval of its lifestyles, Christianity has been famous because the "religion of the cross." many of the nice monuments of Western artwork are representations of the brutal torture and execution of Christ. regardless of the horror of crucifixion, we frequently locate such pictures attractive. the great thing about the go expresses the principal paradox of Christian religion: the move of Christ's execution is the logo of God's victory over loss of life and sin. The move as a cultured item and as a method of devotion corresponds to the secret of God's knowledge and tool show up in pain and obvious failure. during this quantity, Richard Viladesau seeks to appreciate the wonderful thing about the move because it constructed in either theology and artwork from their beginnings until eventually the eve of the renaissance. He argues that artwork and symbolism functioned in its place strand of theological expression -- occasionally parallel to, occasionally interwoven with, and occasionally in pressure with formal theological mirrored image at the that means of the Crucifixion and its function insalvation heritage. utilizing particular artworks to epitomize specific creative and theological paradigms, Viladesau then explores the contours of every paradigm in the course of the works of consultant theologians in addition to liturgical, poetic, inventive, and musical assets. the great thing about the move is tested from Patristic theology and the earliest representations of the emblems at the pass, to the monastic theology of victory and the Romanesque crucified "majesty," to the Anselmian "revolution" that situated theological and creative awareness at the ache humanity of Jesus, and at last to the breakdown of the excessive scholastic theology of the redemption in empirically focused nominalism and the beginnings of naturalism in paintings. through studying the connection among aesthetic and conceptual theology, Viladesau deepens our figuring out of the major image of Christianity. This quantity makes a big contribution to an rising box, breaking new floor in theological aesthetics. The fantastic thing about the Cross is a important source for students, scholars, and a person attracted to the eagerness of Christ and its representation.