David Russell Mosley
30 July 2016
The Edge of Elfland
Hudson, New Hampshire
I hope you will forgive this moment of blatant self-promotion. All I can really say about that is it will get much worse once my novel is available. While you wait for my novel, however, consider spending an awful lot of money to buy my PhD thesis Being Deified: Poetry and Fantasy on the Path to God. You can find it available for pre-order on sites like Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You can also find it on the Fortress Press website. Below I have given you the description and the table of contents. Whether you buy it or not, I hope you find a way to interact with it if the description and contents pique your interests.
Being Deified examines the importance of deification for Christian theology and the role of human creativity. Deification has explanatory force for the major categories of Christian theology: creation, fall, incarnation, theological anthropology, as well as the sacraments. It explains, in part, the why of creation and the what of humanity—God created in order to deify, humanity is created to be deified; the what of the fall—the desire for divinity outside of God’s gifts; the purpose for the incarnation—to deify; and what end the sacraments aid—deification. Essential to deification is human creativity, for humans are created in the image of God, the Creator.
In order to explore this dimension of deification, Being Deified focuses on works of poetry and fantasy, in many ways the pinnacle of human creativity, since both genres cause the making strange of things familiar (language and creation itself) in part to make them better known, particularly as creations of the Creator. Therefore, this volume utilizes the work of fantasy writers and poets in order both to show the importance of fantasy and poetry for theology in general and for their importance in human deification.
Deification and Creativity: A Prelude
Stanza I: Poet and Poem: God, Creation, and Humanity
1. Before “In the Beginning” or “In the Beginning God”: The God Who Is Poet and Theo-Poet
2. The Poem Days 1–5: The State for Deification
3. The Poem Day 6: Humanity, the Deified
Stanza II: Pride, Evil, and Distorted Vision
4. The Pride of the Poem: Antideification, Distorted Sight, and Privative Evil
5. Distorted Eyesight and Corrupted Cosmos
Stanza III: The Poet Enters the Poem
6. The Poet Enters the Poem: Incarnation, Deification, and a Restoration of Vision
Stanza IV: Participating in the Poem: Sacraments, Liturgy, and a Restoration of Vision
7. Participating in the Poem: Sacramental Ontology
8. Participating in the Poem and Theo-Poem: Human Creativity and Examples from Poetry and Fantasy
Deification and Creativity: A Postlude