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From the Publisher
Every essay explores ideas that are fundamental to the visual expression of the sacred and to our receptivity to it. Fully illustrated in color, the book includes works by eminent artists, and introduces a gallery of refreshingly unexpected works by lesser knowns.
Faith & Form: The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art, and Architecture
Any reader interested in the intersection of art and theology will find this book a helpful and engaging read.
The volume serves as a versatile pedagogical resource for, among others, graduate students in the visual arts, religion and culture, and systematic and practical theology. It conveys the transformative power of modern art to perceive and respond to the social reality in dramatically alternative ways and cultivate skills of visual literacy.
In five different sections, the essays in this volume provide constructive and fruitful ways for thinking about the relationship between Christian theology and the visual arts.
Christian Scholar’s Review
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