Theology and the Arts

By David Baily Harned

Foreword by David Hein

Theology and the Arts

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  • ISBN: 9781625648068
  • Pages: 204
  • Publication Date: 4/15/2014
  • Retail Price: $23.00
Web Price: $18.40
Web Price: $18.40

Theology and the Arts

By David Baily Harned

Foreword by David Hein

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781625648068
  • Pages: 204
  • Publication Date: 4/15/2014
  • Retail Price: $23.00
Web Price: $18.40

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This treatise on the importance of what the artist does--especially the man of letters--examines recent Christian appraisals of the creative enterprise and argues that Protestant interpretations of culture today are marred by their departure from Biblical faith in God as Creator.

Today, theologians find themselves writing more and more about painting, music, poetry, drama, and the novel. Many are convinced that no definition of man or interpretation of his condition is adequate if it ignores man as a creator. Some Christian writers have been content to explore the possibilities of new dialogue between religion and the arts. Others have sought to develop a theology of art--a systematic interpretation of what artists are doing, why they are doing it, and what it means in the context of the Christian story about nature, man, and God. In doing so, they have used either the image of creation, the cross, or consummation as their point of departure for an interpretation of the artist's venture.

Dr. Harned examines the merits and problems involved in the use of each image for the appraisal of the human enterprise and contends that consummation must use the doctrine of God as Creator in order to be useful to contemporary Christianity. He emphasizes the need for Protestantism to recover the idea of "the natural" and defines it in a way congruent with the theology of the Reformers.

Here are insightful answers for all who want to understand the importance of the arts, why theologians are concerned with literature and painting, and how that concern has been expressed.

Contributors-

David Baily Harned
David Hein

Bio(s)-

David Baily Harned (PhD, Yale Graduate School) is a retired professor of religious studies who remains active as a classroom teacher and scholarly writer. He taught at Williams, Smith, and Allegheny Colleges, and served as President at Allegheny College, as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Louisiana State University, and as the founding chairman of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia.

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