Liturgy as a Way of Life: Embodying the Arts in Christian Worship

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How do the arts inform and cultivate our service to God? In this addition to an award-winning series, distinguished philosopher Bruce Ellis Benson rethinks what it means to be artistic. Rather than viewing art as practiced by the few, he recovers the ancient Christian idea of presenting ourselves to God as works of art, reenvisioning art as the very core of our being: God calls us to improvise as living works of art. Benson also examines the nature of liturgy and connects art and liturgy in a new way. This book ...
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Liturgy as a Way of Life (The Church and Postmodern Culture): Embodying the Arts in Christian Worship

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Overview

How do the arts inform and cultivate our service to God? In this addition to an award-winning series, distinguished philosopher Bruce Ellis Benson rethinks what it means to be artistic. Rather than viewing art as practiced by the few, he recovers the ancient Christian idea of presenting ourselves to God as works of art, reenvisioning art as the very core of our being: God calls us to improvise as living works of art. Benson also examines the nature of liturgy and connects art and liturgy in a new way. This book will appeal to philosophy, worship/liturgy, art, music, and theology students as well as readers interested in engaging issues of worship and aesthetics in a postmodern context, including Christian artists and worship leaders.
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VOYA - Tracy Piombo
Pettit explores her struggle with anorexia by analyzing her journal entries from her freshman year of college. This book is not a general resource for recognizing and treating the disorder, but rather an invitation to Christian girls to view their relationship with food as a crucial part of their faith. Pettit believes that anorexia is a sin and a sign of deeper identity issues. Although she contends that her recovery was only possible through God's love, she recommends professional counseling for anyone with an eating disorder. The format makes the book unsuitable for research, but as a diary, it is oddly bland and unrevealing. Pettit never emerges as a fully realized person, and in the end, readers know little of the specific details of her life. Each short chapter begins with an analytical journal entry, which is then explained in unnecessary detail. Sidebars offer quotes from other anorexic teens as well as medical information about the disease, which are generally cited but not indexed. The journal entries are organized chronologically, but the chapters are arranged roughly thematically, leading to repetition and confusion. It is difficult to imagine a teenager reading this book cover to cover. Christian teens suffering with anorexia might benefit from seeing themselves in Pettit's experiences, but she offers little practical advice for them other than relevant biblical passages. This book might be useful as a browsing resource for Christian teens or for professionals involved in Christian counseling for eating disorders. It is a revised edition of Starving: A Personal Journey Through Anorexia (Revell/Baker Books, 2003/ VOYA October 2003).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801031359
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 789,327
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Ellis Benson (PhD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) is professor of philosophy at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. His areas of expertise include contemporary French thought and philosophy of art. He is the author of Graven Ideologies, The Improvisation of Musical Dialogue, and Pious Nietzsche, and the coeditor of several books, including Evangelicals and Empire.
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Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction: The Art of Living
1. The Call and the Response
2. Deconstructing the Discourse of Art
3. Improvising Like Jazz
4. On Not Being an Artistic Whore
5. Becoming Living Works of Art
Index
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