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Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste

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Christians 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 judgmenta non-elitist but dis

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Published September 28th 2000 by Oxford University Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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William Smith
Overall, I was not impressed with this book. There were some good highlights in it here and there, but it was generally unsatisfying. Brown interacts with many sources of aesthetics across the religious spectrum, but isn't conclusive about much. Maybe that is simply the nature of the subject; i.e., one can't be too dogmatic about aesthetics. But I was expecting more.
adllto
I got this book a few years back from the professor teaching my philosophy of Art course because I've been interested in the nature and beauty and kitsch in the worship arts. One of the things I fear most other than incompetence and the ego of the performer is that the product will be cheesy or kitschy. I hope this book will help open my thinking here.
Gregory Soderberg
Tough going, but worth it. Foundational to a mature Christian aesthetic.
Dan42guy
Excellent book!
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