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Inclusive Yet Discerning: Navigating Worship Artfully

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Worshiping communities today have access to more arts and styles from more times and places than ever before. In this volume Frank Burch Brown explores how Christians can navigate this increasingly diverse world of worship. / Brown combines an abiding admiration of classical idioms with an appreciation of new possibilities for the arts in worship. Interacting with a wide range of religious thinkers and leaders — from Augustine and John Calvin to Rick Warren, Marcus Borg, and the Pope — he addresses questions ...

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Overview

Worshiping communities today have access to more arts and styles from more times and places than ever before. In this volume Frank Burch Brown explores how Christians can navigate this increasingly diverse world of worship. / Brown combines an abiding admiration of classical idioms with an appreciation of new possibilities for the arts in worship. Interacting with a wide range of religious thinkers and leaders — from Augustine and John Calvin to Rick Warren, Marcus Borg, and the Pope — he addresses questions concerning "good" art and "good" music for worship. / A lively and thought-provoking book, Inclusive yet Discerning is permeated by Brown's wide-ranging knowledge and deep love of the arts and his desire to articulate a theological aesthetic that, as he says, "will have teeth but not fangs."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802862563
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Burch Brown is Frederick Doyle Kershner Professor of Religion and the Arts at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, and the Alexander Campbell Visiting Professor of Religion and the Arts at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His previous books include the award-winning Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface

Author's Preface

1 Navigating Worship Artfully: Finding a Compass 3

2 Enjoyment and Discernment in the Music of Worship 26

3 Singing Together (with All Creation): Dilemmas and Delights 47

4 Is Good Art Good for Christian Worship? 63

5 Christian Music: More than Just the Words 89

6 Religious Music and Secular Music: A Calvinist Perspective, Re-formed 99

7 On Not Giving Short Shrift to the Arts in Liturgy: The Testimony of Pope Benedict XVI (Cardinal Ratzinger) 114

8 On Being Beautiful and Religious at the Same Time: Reviving Plotinus 129

Index 152

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