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Nearly every form of religion or spirituality has a vital connection with art. Religions across the world, from Hinduism and Buddhism to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, have been involved over the centuries with a rich array of artistic traditions, both sacred and secular. In its uniquely multi-dimensional consideration of the topic, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts provides expert guidance to artistry and aesthetic theory in religion.
The Handbook offers nearly forty original essays by an international team of leading scholars on the main topics, issues, methods, and resources for the study of religious and theological aesthetics. The volume ranges from antiquity to the present day to examine religious and artistic imagination, fears of idolatry, aesthetics in worship, and the role of art in social transformation and in popular religion-covering a full array of forms of media, from music and poetry to architecture and film.
An authoritative text for scholars and students, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts will remain an invaluable resource for years to come.
Frank Burch Brown is Frederick Doyle Kershner Professor of Religion & the Arts at Christian Theological Seminary.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Contributors Introduction: Chapter One: Mapping the Terrain of Religion and Art - Frank Burch Brown
PART ONE: RELIGIOUS AESTHETICS Chapter Two: Aesthetics and Religion: An Overview - Richard Viladesau Chapter Three: Beauty and Divinity - Patrick Sherry Chapter Four: The Religious Sublime - Vijay Mishra Chapter Five: Artistic Imagination and Religious Faith - Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen Chapter Six: Creativity at the Intersection of Art and Religion - Deborah Haynes
PART TWO: ARTISTIC WAYS OF BEING RELIGIOUS Chapter Seven: Musical - Frank Burch Brown Chapter Eight: Narrative - David Jasper Chapter Nine: Poetic - Peggy Rosenthal Chapter Ten: Dramatic - Larry Bouchard Chapter Eleven: Embodied-Dance - Anne-Marie Gaston, with Tony Gaston Chapter Twelve: Architectural - Richard Kieckhefer Chapter Thirteen: Visual and Still (Painting, Sculpture & Photography) - Diane Apostolos-Cappadona Chapter Fourteen: Visual and Moving (Film) - Robert K. Johnston
PART THREE: RELIGIOUS WAYS OF BEING ARTISTIC Chapter Fifteen: Judaism and Literature - Ilan Stavans Chapter Sixteen: Judaism and Music - Mark Kligman Chapter Seventeen: Judaism and Art - Edward van Voolen Chapter Eighteen: Christianity and Literature - Ralph C. Wood Chapter Nineteen: Christianity and Music - Paul Westermeyer Chapter Twenty: Christianity and Visual Art - Graham Howes Chapter Twenty-One: Islam and Literature - Tarif Khalidi Chapter Twenty-Two: Islam and Visual Art - Margaret S. Graves Chapter Twenty-Three: Islam and Music - Amnon Shiloah Chapter Twenty-Four: Hinduism-Aesthetics, Drama, and Poetics - Sunthar Visuvalingam Chapter Twenty-Five: Hinduism-Visual Art and Architecture - Jessica Frazier Chapter Twenty-Six: Hinduism and Music - Guy L. Beck Chapter Twenty-Seven: Buddhism-Image as Icon, Image as Art - Charles Lachmann Chapter Twenty-Eight: Taoism and the Arts - Deborah A. Sommer Chapter Twenty-Nine: Confucianism and the Arts - Deborah A. Sommer Chapter Thirty: Shinto and Visual Art - Sybil Thornton
PART FOUR: ISSUES and THEMES Chapter Thirty-One: Artistry in Modern and Postmodern Worship - Don Saliers Chapter Thirty-Two: Art, Morality, and Justice - John W. de Gruchy Chapter Thirty-Three: Belief and Doubt in Literature - Roger Lundin Chapter Thirty-Four: Iconoclasm - Mia Mochizuki Chapter Thirty-Five: Gender, Imagery, and Religious Imagination - Margaret Miles Chapter Thirty-Six: Art, Material Culture, and Lived Religion - David Morgan Chapter Thirty-Seven: Sacred and Secular in African American Music - Cheryl Kirk-Duggan