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Aesthetics and Religion

Richard Viladesau.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts

February 2014; p ublished online February 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Subjects in Art; Music and Religion; Religious Buildings. 9037 words.

A systematic consideration of the multiple relationships between aesthetics and religion demands a sorting-out of concepts and issues. “Aesthetics” may be understood as practice (art) and...

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Aesthetics and the Arts in Relation to Natural Theology

Frank Burch Brown.

in The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology

January 2013; p ublished online June 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Philosophy of Religion; Religious Subjects in Art. 8310 words.

This chapter examines the significance of aesthetics and the arts to natural theology, first discussing ways that natural theology can circumvent the evident religiosity of certain kinds of...

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Anglican Aesthetics

Kenneth Stevenson.

in The Oxford Handbook of Anglican Studies

October 2015; p ublished online July 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Christianity; Religious Subjects in Art; Music and Religion. 5735 words.

This chapter focuses on the applied aesthetics of Anglican worship. As a seventeenth-century development, with definitive roots in the sixteenth-century Reformation, as well as in the...

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Architectural Expression and Ways of Being Religious

Richard Kieckhefer.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts

February 2014; p ublished online February 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Buildings; Religious Subjects in Art. 8233 words.

This article examines the architectural traditions of the world’s religions, with particular emphasis on synagogues, churches, mosques, and Hindu and Buddhist temples. Using a comparative...

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Art

Dora Apel.

in The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies

November 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Studies; Religious Subjects in Art; Judaism and Jewish Studies. 6303 words.

Focusing on works by artists such as Rico Lebrun (1900–1964), George Segal (1924–2000), or Jerome Witkin (b. 1939), art critics and art historians have sometimes criticized too realistic...

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Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

Lee I. Levine.

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies

December 2004; p ublished online September 2009 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Judaism and Jewish Studies; Religious Subjects in Art; Religious Buildings; Sociology of Religion. 12034 words.

This article addresses three related, though not identical, academic fields of study that crystallized only in the twentieth century. Beforehand, it had generally been assumed, whether for...

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Art, Material Culture, and Lived Religion

David Morgan.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts

February 2014; p ublished online February 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Subjects in Art; Religious Studies. 8018 words.

This chapter discusses how the rise of interest in the materiality of religions that has taken place in the last twenty years or so has tended to focus on popular media, everyday life, and...

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Art, Morality, and Justice

John W. de Gruchy.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts

February 2014; p ublished online February 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Subjects in Art; Religious Studies. 7677 words.

This article examines visual art and its relationship with morality and justice. It first considers justice-related ethical issues raised by the relationship between art and morality,...

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Artistic Imagination and Religious Faith

Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts

February 2014; p ublished online February 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Subjects in Art; Philosophy of Religion; Religious Studies. 6655 words.

The central role of the imagination in theology and religion has often been neglected by theologians. The chapter considers how the imagination and, in particular, artistic imagination,...

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Artistry and Aesthetics in Modern and Postmodern Worship

Don Saliers.

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts

February 2014; p ublished online February 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Subjects in Art; Interfaith Relations; Religious Studies. 7422 words.

Worship and its practices occupy a central place in every religious tradition, from Christianity and Judaism to Buddhism and Hinduism. Understanding aesthetics in religion requires paying...

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