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The Taste for Art and the Thirst for God

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158724.003.0004
The Taste for Art and the Thirst for God

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During the modern era, it is difficult to establish a religious approach in valuing art or in evaluating taste because of how art is perceived as something with expressive power and as something that is quasi-religious. This view, though, does not point out that aesthetic and religious delight cannot always be separated. It still has to be kept in mind that aesthetics is not just about religion, and religion is not merely about aesthetics. Although modern views would assert that art is unadulterated with religion and is purely aesthetic, postmodern approaches would replace the aesthetic image of art with a view that considers a political, social, and economic context. This chapter suggests the need to come up with an integralist approach to art, aesthetics, and taste that would involve having a closer look at the qualities of the medium, and the stories that a piece of art tells about the community in which it was made or situated in.

Keywords: modern era; religious approach; postmodern era; integralist approach; taste; religion

Chapter.  16540 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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