For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts

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Once upon a time, the church was deeply involved in the arts, leading the way in beauty, technical ability, and even funding. In many churches today the arts are an afterthought at best and forbidden at worst. This insightful book takes you beyond "how we've always done it," beyond mere imitation of the culture, and beyond of the arts-and artists-in our churches.

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Overview

Once upon a time, the church was deeply involved in the arts, leading the way in beauty, technical ability, and even funding. In many churches today the arts are an afterthought at best and forbidden at worst. This insightful book takes you beyond "how we've always done it," beyond mere imitation of the culture, and beyond of the arts-and artists-in our churches.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801071911
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 699,213
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

W. David O. Taylor is a pastor, artist, and author. He is a graduate of Regent College and served for eight years as the arts pastor of Hope Chapel in Austin, Texas. He's currently pursuing doctoral studies at Duke Divinity School.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Luci Shaw 9

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction 17

1 The Gospel: How Is Art a Gift, a Calling, and an Obedience? Andy Crouch 29

2 The Worship: How Can Art Serve the Corporate Worship of the Church? John D. Witvliet 45

3 The Art Patron: Someone Who Can't Draw a Straight Line Tries to Defend Her Art-Buying Habit Lauren F. Winner 69

4 The Pastor: How Artists Shape Pastoral Identity Eugene Peterson 83

5 The Artist: What Exactly Is an Artist, and How Do We Shepherd Them? Barbara Nicolosi 103

6 The Practitioner: Nurturing Artists in the Local Church Joshua Banner 123

7 The Dangers: What Are the Dangers of Artmaking in the Church? W. David O. Taylor 145

8 The Future: Looking to the Future: A Hopeful Subversion Jeremy Begbie 165

Afterword: My Hope and Prayer 187

Notes 193

Contributors 201

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