Visual Faith: Art, Theology, and Worship in Dialogue / Edition 1 by William A. Dyrness | 9780801022975 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Visual Faith: Art, Theology, and Worship in Dialogue / Edition 1

Visual Faith: Art, Theology, and Worship in Dialogue / Edition 1

by William A. Dyrness
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801022975

ISBN-13: 9780801022975

Pub. Date: 11/01/2001

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

How can art enhance and enrich the Christian faith? What is the basis for a relationship between the church and visual imagery? Can the art world and the Protestant church be reconciled? Is art idolatry and vanity, or can it be used to strengthen the church? Grounded in historical and biblical research, William Dyrness offers students and scholars an intriguing,

Overview

How can art enhance and enrich the Christian faith? What is the basis for a relationship between the church and visual imagery? Can the art world and the Protestant church be reconciled? Is art idolatry and vanity, or can it be used to strengthen the church? Grounded in historical and biblical research, William Dyrness offers students and scholars an intriguing, substantive look into the relationship between the church and the world of art.

Faith and art were not always discordant. According to Dyrness, Israel understood imagery and beauty as reflections of God's perfect order; likewise, early Christians used art to teach and inspire. However, the Protestant church abandoned visual arts and imagery during the Reformation in favor of the written word and has only recently begun to reexamine art's role in Christianity and worship. Dyrness affirms this renewal and argues that art, if reflecting the order and wholeness of the world God created, can and should play an important role in modern Christianity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801022975
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Series:
Engaging Culture
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations7
Preface9
Introduction: The Uneasy Relationship between Art and Faith11
1Development of the Visual Arts from the Early Church to the Middle Ages25
2Development of the Visual Arts from the Reformation to the Twenty-First Century51
3Art and the Biblical Drama69
4Reflecting Theologically on the Visual Arts87
5Contemporary Challenges for Christians and the Arts103
6A New Opportunity for Christian Involvement in the Arts121
7Making and Looking at Art139
Conclusion: Dreaming Dreams and Seeing Visions155
Notes163
Bibliography177
Subject Index181
Scripture Index187

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