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Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion

Michelle Voss Roberts


The intensity and meaningfulness of aesthetic experience have often been described in theological terms. By designating basic human emotions as rasa, a word that connotes taste, flavor, or essence, Indian aesthetic theory conceptualizes emotional states as something to be savored. At their core, emotions can be tastes of the divine. In this book, the methods of the emerging discipline of comparative theology enable the author's appreciation of Hindu texts and practices to illuminate her Christian reflections on aesthetics and emotion. Three emotions vie for prominence in the religious sphere: ... More

Keywords: Comparative Theology, Emotion, Aesthetics, Rasa, Peace, Love, Anger, Theological Anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823257386
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257386.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michelle Voss Roberts, author
Wake Forest University School of Divinity