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Theology and the arts : engaging faith / by Ruth Illman and W. Alan Smith.

By: Contributor(s): Material type: TextTextSeries: Routledge studies in religion ; 29.Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2013Description: xiv, 215 pages ; 24 cmContent type:
  • text
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
ISBN:
  • 9780415843706
  • 0415843707
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 201/.67 23
LOC classification:
  • NX180.R4 I45 2013
Other classification:
  • REL102000 | ART035000 | REL000000
Contents:
Introduction: A prelude -- Part I.A practical theology of the arts. When the center no longer holds : challenges to modernism -- Otherness and meaning : dialogue and interpersonal relatedness -- Outlining a practical approach to theology and the arts -- Part II. Études. Art as community practice : murals from the voice of the community -- Fabric arts in Peru as identity -- Literature as a scene for dialogue -- Eliminating walls, honoring stories : improvised theatre "creating space" -- Film as an embodiment of interpersonal relations -- Music as an attentive and creative interplay -- Embodied grace : dance, an art form that transforms -- Finale and recapitulation : engaging faith.
Summary: "This book brings the emerging fields of practical theology and theology of the arts into a dialogue beyond the bias of modern systematic and constructive theology. The authors draw upon postmodern, post-secular, feminist, liberation, and dialogical/dialectical philosophy and theology, and their critiques of the narrow modern emphases on reason and the scientific method, as the model for all knowledge. Such a practical theology of the arts focuses the work of theology on the actual practices that engage the arts in their various forms as the means of interpreting and understanding the nature of the communities and their members, as well as the mechanisms through which these communities engage in transformative work, to make persons and neighborhoods whole. This book presents its theological claims through the careful analysis of several stories of communities around the world that have engaged in transformational practices through a specific art form, investigating communities from Europe, the Middle East, South America, and the U.S. The case studies explored include Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze, indigenous, and sometimes agnostic subjects, involved in visual art, music, dance, theatre, documentary film, and literature. A Practical Theology of the Arts demonstrates that the challenges of a postmodern and post-secular context require a fundamental rethinking of theology that focuses on discrete practices of faithful communities, rather than one-dimensional theories about religion"-- Provided by publisher.
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Book: Standard Hewitson Library, Presbyterian Research Centre Chrysalis Seed Collection 201.67 Ill (Browse shelf(Opens below)) Available 19-325

Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-208) and index.

Introduction: A prelude -- Part I.A practical theology of the arts. When the center no longer holds : challenges to modernism -- Otherness and meaning : dialogue and interpersonal relatedness -- Outlining a practical approach to theology and the arts -- Part II. Études. Art as community practice : murals from the voice of the community -- Fabric arts in Peru as identity -- Literature as a scene for dialogue -- Eliminating walls, honoring stories : improvised theatre "creating space" -- Film as an embodiment of interpersonal relations -- Music as an attentive and creative interplay -- Embodied grace : dance, an art form that transforms -- Finale and recapitulation : engaging faith.

"This book brings the emerging fields of practical theology and theology of the arts into a dialogue beyond the bias of modern systematic and constructive theology. The authors draw upon postmodern, post-secular, feminist, liberation, and dialogical/dialectical philosophy and theology, and their critiques of the narrow modern emphases on reason and the scientific method, as the model for all knowledge. Such a practical theology of the arts focuses the work of theology on the actual practices that engage the arts in their various forms as the means of interpreting and understanding the nature of the communities and their members, as well as the mechanisms through which these communities engage in transformative work, to make persons and neighborhoods whole. This book presents its theological claims through the careful analysis of several stories of communities around the world that have engaged in transformational practices through a specific art form, investigating communities from Europe, the Middle East, South America, and the U.S. The case studies explored include Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze, indigenous, and sometimes agnostic subjects, involved in visual art, music, dance, theatre, documentary film, and literature. A Practical Theology of the Arts demonstrates that the challenges of a postmodern and post-secular context require a fundamental rethinking of theology that focuses on discrete practices of faithful communities, rather than one-dimensional theories about religion"-- Provided by publisher.

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