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An Offering of Uncles, Robert Farrar Capon.

12/10/2009

A little-known jewel, and quite hard to get hold of. The book is about our role in giving creation meaning beyond its functionality, which we do by savouring it and therefore being the mouthpiece by which it declares the praises of God. We are priests of creation, and as such our role is that of the oblation of the created world. This idea overflows into the way we study scripture: “God and the world need to be held up for oohs and aahs before they can be safely analyzed” (his spelling..). Artists have a very important role in this. The book is a reaction to the functionality of 1960’s modernism, and occasionally gets exegetically shaky, but is a very worthwhile, engaging, easy read.

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