Senses of the Soul Art and the Visual in Christian Worship

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 5/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 198
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Senses of the Soul explores the way art and visual elements are incorporated into Christian worship. It incorporates research conducted in Los Angeles congregations. Through extensive interviews in a sample of Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox congregations it looks into the way visual elements actually become part of the experience of worship. By looking at attitudes and experiences of beauty, art, and memories, it suggests that believers appropriate images and aesthetic encounters in terms of imaginative structures that have been formed through worship practices over time. By comparing responses across denominations, the book proposes that people receive visual elements in ways that have been shaped by long traditions and specific background beliefs. In addition to discussions of the differences between the major Christian traditions, the book also examines the relation of art and beauty to worship, the role of memories and everyday life, and the power of images in spirituality and worship.By its focus on the worshiper, the book seeks to make a contribution to the growing conversation between the arts and Christian worship and to the process of worship renewal.

William A. Dyrness is professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a former missionary and the author of several books, including The Earth Is God's: A Theology of American Culture, Learning About Theology from the Third World, How Does America Hear the Gospel? and Reformed Theology and Visual Culture.

Preface
Introduction
Recent Scholarship on the Use of the Visual in Religious Traditions
Theological Perspectives on Art and the Traditions of Worship
Protestant Worship
The Meaning of Worship: A Personal Event, Under the Right Conditions
Engaging the Arts, at a Distance
Discovering the Power of Art
Exploring the Visual in Worship
Protestants Connecting with the Tradition
Protestants and Art: Still an Uneasy Alliance?
Orthodox Worship
Liturgy and the Visual
Tradition and the Visual
Worship and Its Liturgical Logic
The Role of the Image in Orthodox Worship
The Orthodox Choice: Worship and Identity
The Visual Culture of Orthodoxy
Catholic Worship
God's Presence in the Forms of Worship
Worship in Concrete Forms
A Stimulus for the Imagination
The Visual and the Reform of Worship
"God Gathers Us All Through Beauty"
Beauty, Creation, and Worship
Beauty, Art, and Worship
Beauty and the Environment of Worship
The Beauty of Humanity and Worship
Conclusion: Beauty and Worship
Art, Worship, and Everyday Life
Icons, Art, and Everyday Life
Catholic Worship and Art
Protestant Aesthetics of Worship
The Mission of Art
The Power of Images
Orthodoxy: The World Creating Function of the Liturgy
The Fourfold Interpretation of Icons
Symbols and Sacramentals in Catholic Worship
Protestants and Pictures
Conclusion
The Shape of Christian Religious Traditions
Worship and American Culture
Worship Traditions and Ecumenical Prospects
The Persistence of Imaginative Traditions
Traditions and the Contingency of Reception
Worship and the Arts, One More Time
Appendix
List of Participating Churches
Interview Protocol for Congregants
Protocol for Leaders of Congregations
Bibliography

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