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Visual Theology

Forming and Transforming the Community Through the Arts

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ISBN13: 9780814653999

ISBN10: 0814653995

Publisher: Liturgical Press

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  • At least since the time of Paul (see Acts 18), Christians have wrestled with the power and danger of religious imagery in the visual arts. It was not until the middle of the twentieth century that there emerged in Western Christianity an integrated, academic study of theology and the arts. Here, one of the pioneers of that movement, H. Wilson Yates, along with fourteen theologians, examine how visual culture reflects or addresses pressing contemporary religious questions. The aim throughout is to engage the reader in theological reflection, mediated and enhanced by the arts. This beautifully illustrated book includes more than fifty images in full color.

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    The essays in Visual Theology are exemplary in refusing to treat the visual arts as merely illustrative or as something inevitably calling for a verbal theological answer or completion. Daring to open our eyes in truly imaginative ways to numerous significant (if often lesser known) works, artists, and media, these astute interpreters also attend to ethos and ethics. They freshly envision cultural and religious communities of the past, and on into the future. The dedicatee, Wilson Yates, could not have been better honored.


     - Frank Burch Brown, Frederick Doyle Kershner Professor of Religion and the Arts, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana ?


Visual Theology