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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

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

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 relationship ... 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

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

Eschatology in Fine Art  

Heidi J. Hornik

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
This article discusses eschatology in fine art, focusing primarily on Christian eschatology during the medieval and Renaissance periods. When one thinks of eschatology in the field of art ... More

Images in Natural Theology  

Kristóf Nyíri

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Jan 2013
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Jun 2013
This chapter discusses the connection of images to natural theology, demonstrating how images fulfil an essential role in revealed religions and examining the role of images at the level of ... More

Millennium, Apocalypse, and American Popular Culture  

Douglas E. Cowan

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
This article deals with predominant trends in the construction of apocalyptic visions in the West. Americans being the best at absorbing and reacting to simulated perceptions of apocalypse, ... More

Modernism  

Cleo McNelly Kearns

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Mar 2009
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Sep 2009
While a literary and critical modernism seems on the surface independent of and at times oblivious to theological modernism, the modernist stances taken by major twentieth-century artists ... More

Postmodernism  

Kevin Hart

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Mar 2009
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Sep 2009
Any general consideration of postmodernism must begin with more than a ritual bow to Jean-François Lyotard, whose The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge extended and accelerated ... More

The Religious Sublime  

Vijay Mishra

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
The religious sublime is a key concept in our understanding of the relationship between humans and God. Historically the sublime had a deep connection with religion but it underwent ... More

The Trinity in Christian Visual Arts  

François Bœspflug

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
<p>This article examines the depiction of the Trinity in Christian visual arts. It describes the five distinct periods in Trinitarian iconography and provides a catalog of a vast array of artistic ... More

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