Good Taste, Bad Taste and Christian Taste
Aesthetics in Religious Life
By (author) Frank Burch Brown
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Good Taste, Bad Taste and Christian Taste by Frank Burch Brown
Book DescriptionChristians frequently come into conflict with themselves and others over such matters as music, popular culture, and worship style. Yet they usually lack any theology of art or taste adequate to deal with aesthetic disputes. In this provocative book, Frank Burch Brown offers a constructive, "ecumenical" approach to artistic taste and aesthetic judgment-a non-elitist but discriminating theological aesthetics that has "teeth but no fangs." While grounded in history and theory, this book takes up such practical questions as: How can one religious community accommodate a variety of artistic tastes? What good or harm can be done by importing music that is worldly in origin into a house of worship? How can the exercise of taste in the making of art be a viable (and sometimes advanced) spiritual discipline? In exploring the complex relation between taste, religious imagination, and faith, Brown offers a new perspective on what it means to be spiritual, religious, and indeed Christian.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195158724
(232mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 15-May-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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Christians often disagree with themselves and others over such matters as music, popular culture and worship style. Yet they usually lack theology of art or taste to deal with aesthetic disputes. This provocative book offers an "ecumenical" approach to artistic taste and aesthetic judgement.
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Author Biography - Frank Burch Brown
Frank Burch Brown is Frederick Doyle Kershner Professor of Religion and the Arts at Christian Theological Seminary. He is author of Religious Aesthetics (1989) and Transfiguration: Poetic Metaphor and the Languages of Religious Belief (1983). He is also a composer and a director of a graduate program in church music.
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