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In Wonder, Love and Praise

Approaches to Poetry, Theology and Philosophy


Edited By Martin Potter, Malgorzata Grzegorzewska and Jean Ward

This collection of essays explores poetry’s contribution to the expression of theological wonder, which can occur both in ordinary life and in the natural world or can arise in the context of explicitly supernatural mystical experience. Poets have a special role in capturing religious awe in ways beyond the power of discursive language. Some essays in this book approach the subject on a theoretical level, working with theology, philosophy and literary criticism. Others provide close readings of poems in which the engagement with a variously understood idea or experience of wonder is prominent, from the English-language tradition and outside it. Poets from culturally and historically different backgrounds are thus drawn together through the focus on the meaning of wonder.

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Alex Villas Boas ( is a Full Professor of Theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUC PR). He holds a PhD in Theology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and has conducted postdoctoral research in Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome). He is the coordinator of the Graduate Program in Theology at PUC PR and Editor of Teoliteraria, a Brazilian Journal of Literatures and Theologies. He is Vice President of ALALITE (Latin American Association of Literature and Theology) and a member of CELTA (Center for Literary Studies, Theories of Religious Phenomena and Arts). He is the leader of a research project on Theopathodicy: Spirituality, Culture and Praxis, registered in the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development.

Mark S. Burrows ( is Professor of Religion and Literature at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, Germany. A medievalist by training, his academic work focuses on the intersection of mysticism and poetics. He is the poetry editor of Spiritus magazine. His poems and translations have appeared in a variety of journals and literary magazines, including Poetry, 91st Meridian, The Anglican Theological Review, Southern Quarterly, Eremos, The Tablet, Weavings, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Metamorphoses, and Almost Island. Publications include two volumes of German poetry in translation: Rainer Maria Rilke’s Prayers of a Young Poet (2013) and the German-Iranian poet SAID’s 99 Psalms (2013); Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart (with Jon M. Sweeney) (2017) and a volume of...

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