From the Love of Religion to the Love of Art

Frank Burch Brown

in Good Taste, Bad Taste, & Christian Taste

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195158724
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849567 | DOI:
From the Love of Religion to the Love of Art

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Although this definition may not be applicable to all forms, a work of art, as it is normally conceived today, possesses the following features: it is human-made, involves skill, know-how, and creativity; and it is expressive and imaginative, can be shared, and can be valued and appreciated on many levels for various aesthetic reasons. During the 18th century however, there existed no established distinction between aesthetic arts, liberal arts, and mechanical arts, thus explaining why early Europeans perhaps did not appreciate art as much then as we do now. Still, it can be observed that Christians then and now have already experienced art through hymns, mosaics, and other religious works of art. This chapter explains that though the aesthetic reasons for appreciating art were not clear in the 18th century, the love of religion and love of art somehow coexisted and could have even been interrelated through artistic conversion.

Keywords: aesthetic reasons; art appreciation; value; Christians; Europeans; religion; art

Chapter.  15905 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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