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Aesthetics and Religion  

Richard Viladesau

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
A systematic consideration of the multiple relationships between aesthetics and religion demands a sorting-out of concepts and issues. “Aesthetics” may be understood as practice (art) and ... More

Aesthetics and the Arts in Relation to Natural Theology  

Frank Burch Brown

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Jan 2013
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Jun 2013
This chapter examines the significance of aesthetics and the arts to natural theology, first discussing ways that natural theology can circumvent the evident religiosity of certain kinds of art. It ... More

Anglican Aesthetics  

Kenneth Stevenson

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Oct 2015
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Jul 2016
This chapter focuses on the applied aesthetics of Anglican worship. As a seventeenth-century development, with definitive roots in the sixteenth-century Reformation, as well as in the ... More

Architectural Expression and Ways of Being Religious  

Richard Kieckhefer

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
This article examines the architectural traditions of the world’s religions, with particular emphasis on synagogues, churches, mosques, and Hindu and Buddhist temples. Using a comparative ... More

Art  

Dora Apel

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
Focusing on works by artists such as Rico Lebrun (1900–1964), George Segal (1924–2000), or Jerome Witkin (b. 1939), art critics and art historians have sometimes criticized too realistic ... More

Art, Architecture, and Archaeology  

Lee I. Levine

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
This article addresses three related, though not identical, academic fields of study that crystallized only in the twentieth century. Beforehand, it had generally been assumed, whether for ... More

Art, Material Culture, and Lived Religion  

David Morgan

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
This chapter discusses how the rise of interest in the materiality of religions that has taken place in the last twenty years or so has tended to focus on popular media, everyday life, and ... More

Art, Morality, and Justice  

John W. de Gruchy

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
This article examines visual art and its relationship with morality and justice. It first considers justice-related ethical issues raised by the relationship between art and morality, ... More

Artistic Imagination and Religious Faith  

Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
The central role of the imagination in theology and religion has often been neglected by theologians. The chapter considers how the imagination and, in particular, artistic imagination, ... More

Artistry and Aesthetics in Modern and Postmodern Worship  

Don Saliers

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
Worship and its practices occupy a central place in every religious tradition, from Christianity and Judaism to Buddhism and Hinduism. Understanding aesthetics in religion requires paying ... More

The Arts  

Roger Lundin

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Dec 2010
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Jan 2011
Whether we are trying to judge issues of immediate interest or fathom matters of long-standing concern, history gives us the key for understanding the complex and often tangled ... More

Beauty and Divinity  

Patrick Sherry

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
Beauty is probably the least considered of God’s attributes nowadays. After looking at the Biblical, Platonic, and Patristic roots of the topic, the chapter discusses briefly a few modern ... More

Beauty and Sublimity  

Ross Wilson

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Feb 2013
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Jun 2013
This chapter explores the relation of ‘modern’ and ‘secular’ aesthetics to the theological forebears from which it is apparently radically distinct, and investigates the lingering inheritance of and ... More

The Bible and Iconography  

Albert C. Labriola

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Jan 2011
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May 2011
In line with its Greek etymology, ‘iconography’ refers to all forms of visual images, including any material means of artistic representation. Religious iconography typically refers to ... More

Buddhism—Image as Icon, Image as Art  

Charles Lachman

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
Buddhism is characterized by considerable geographical and doctrinal diversity, but one feature shared by its many disparate strands is an emphasis on the ritual importance of images. ... More

Christ in Cinema: The Evangelical Power of the Beautiful  

Robert Barron

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Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
A Christ figure in film illumines a theological dimension of the person of Jesus. The Christ figure in Babette’s Feast is a French Chef, Babette. The feast which she provides at great cost ... More

Christianity and Visual Art  

Graham Howes

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
This chapter focuses less on the relationship of artists to Christian religious institutions, and more on how an artist’s Christian identity, ideas, and personal beliefs are themselves ... More

Confucianism and the Arts  

Deborah A. Sommer

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
In this chapter, the term “Confucian” refers to East Asian beliefs and practices influenced by a corpus of historical, ritual, and philosophical literature compiled by the fourth century ... More

Creativity at the Intersection of art and Religion  

Deborah J. Haynes

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
What does creativity mean in the study of the arts and religious traditions? In discussing this question, the chapter begins with general definitions of creativity and the creative ... More

Dance as a Way of Being Religious  

Anne-Marie (Anjali) Gaston and Tony Gaston

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
Dance has accompanied religious ceremonies and sacred rites since prehistoric times. Most religions have included dance as part of worship at some period or in some places. However, ... More

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