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date: 21 June 2021

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The issues of relating religious and aesthetic experience, and the role of art, especially the power of images, are identified as critical to conversion studies. The role of the visual modality, identified here as seeing encompasses the full expression of the senses and the imagination in the development of identity, both individual and communal, through symbols and images. Highlighting the significance of human affectivity, the concept of homo aestheticus is promoted as fundamental to the nature of being human. Explorations of specific motifs of Western Christian art exemplify the potential significance of both an iconography and an iconology of conversion both generically for conversion studies and in terms of world religions.

Keywords: aesthetic experience, art, homo aestheticus, iconography, iconology, image, imagination, power of images, seeing, symbol

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