Enchantment and Transcendence: David Brown on Art and Architecture

Gordon Graham

in Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646821
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744853 | DOI:
Enchantment and Transcendence: David Brown on Art and Architecture

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What David Brown calls his ‘overarching theme’ is to trace all the ways ‘in which God can come sacramentally close to his world and vouchsafe experience of himself through the material.’ This chapter is almost exclusively concerned with God and Enchantment of Place, and with a central topic that runs throughout the book — the contrast between immanence and transcendence. It examines Brown's account of iconography and architecture in the light of this distinction, and argues that his treatment of immanence and transcendence shares a weakness of modern aesthetics by emphasizing passive aesthetic experience over active artistic participation. Lending a proper emphasis to performing as well as productive arts implies important amendments to the treatment of his theme.

Keywords: David Brown; Apollonian; immanence; transcendence; action; aesthetic experience; architecture; Dionysian; icons; Nietzsche

Chapter.  5689 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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