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The Empty Church: Theater, Theology, and Bodily Hope

Shannon Craigo-Snell


This book offers a novel vision of church through interdisciplinary conversation between performance studies, theater directors, and Christian theologians. Each chapter brings a theater director into dialogue with a theologian, teasing out how the concept of performance enriches hermeneutics, anthropology, and epistemology. The result is a compelling depiction of church as performance of relationship with Jesus Christ, mediated by Scripture, in hope of the Holy Spirit. This description expands church beyond the sanctuary. It also emphasizes the importance of liturgical worship in forming Chris ... More

Keywords: Performance, Ecclesiology, Church, Theology, Theater, Epistemology, Hermeneutics, Anthropology, Hope

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199827923
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shannon Craigo-Snell, author
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary