Religious Aesthetics: A Theological Study of Making and Meaning
Many modes of religious expression and experience have a markedly aesthetic component, even though aesthetic delight itself often appears to be free of moral or religious interests. In this ground-breaking work, Frank Burch Brown shows how aesthetics, no less than ethics, can play a central role in the study of religion and in the practice of theology.Many modes of religio...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published May 9th 1993 by Princeton University Press
(first published December 1989)
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If, like me, you are continually fascinated by the interplay between faith and art, then set aside some time for this relatively slender volume. It is not always an easy read. Like so many theologians and philosophers (for aesthetics is a subset of philosophy more than theology), Brown spends a goodly portion of his work writing for other philosophers/theologians. The first three chapters, at least, are heavy with a careful setting of the problem within the history of philosophy and an examinati...more