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The Substance of Things Seen: Art, Faith, and the Christian Community (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies)

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While the average person rarely sees it, the visual arts play a subtle yet profound role in the teaching and formation of faith, both for individuals and religious communities. The Substance of Things Seen explores the intersection of art and faith, offering thoughtful reflections on the way art functions in Christian life and practice.

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Paperback, 164 pages
Published November 10th 2004 by Eerdmans (first published March 2nd 2004)
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Juli
Sep 05, 2009 Juli rated it really liked it
Robin Jensen writes this with an historian's perspective as she educates the reader on how the early church used the arts. From this academic angle she notes how this has and can influence the arts today. I enjoyed the reading and it brought up a lot of important factors to think about when trying to understand the arts role in worship and culture today.
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Oct 20, 2008 Mike rated it really liked it
This book explores the difficulties and gray areas involving art an Christianity. I hope Christians will pick this up in an effort to understand art and the role it should play in their faith.
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Jan 07, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing
Insightful, theologically deep, and a pleasure to read.
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Robin M. Jensen (PhD, Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary) is Luce Chancellor’s Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has authored several books, including Face to Face: Portraits of the Divine in Early Christianity and Understanding Early Christian Art.
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