When Art Disrupts Religion: Aesthetic Experience and the Evangelical Mind

De (autor) Cuvânt înainte de Randall Balmer
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When Art Disrupts Religion opens at London's Tate Modern Museum, with a young Evangelical man contemplating a painting by Mark Rothko, an aesthetic experience that proves disruptive to his religious life. Without those moments with Rothko, he says, "there never would have been an undoing of my conservative Evangelical worldview." The memoirs, interviews, and ethnographic field notes gathered by Philip Francis for this book lay bare the power of the arts tounsettle and overturn deeply ingrained religious beliefs and practices. Francis explores the aesthetic disturbances of more than 80 Evangelical respondants. From the paintings of Rothko to the films of Ingmar Bergman, from The Brothers Karamozov to The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Francis finds that the artsfunction as sites of "defamiliarization," "comfort in uncertainty," "a stand-in for faith" and a "surrogate transcendence." Bridging the gap between aesthetic theory and lived religion, this book sheds light on the complex interrelationship of religion and art in the modern West, and the role of the arts in education and social life.
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ISBN-13: 9780190279769
ISBN-10: 0190279761
Pagini: 232
Dimensiuni: 174 x 242 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.45 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States


Offers valuable insights and a rich selection of moving personal narratives about the fraught relationship between the church world and the art world
Francis' fascinating work offered me new ways to remember and reframe my own art education within an Evangelical college. As an artist and Evangelical, I found the book an encouraging reminder of art's power to disrupt and reorient people's lives. The text is an enjoyable read and may be especially appealing to those interested in the arts, aesthetic experience, conversions, fundamentalism, and higher education.
Given the increasing number of op-ed pieces by evangelicals considering abandoning that title in the age of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, however, Francis's text provides a timely and rigorous exploration of the benefits of escaping absolute certainty, a clear divide between those who have welcomed Jesus into their lives and those that haven't, an all-or-nothing commitment to evangelical Christian ontology, and an over-evaluation of a mythical past of truer faith. Thistext would work well in an advanced undergraduate seminar, offering students insightful and approachable accounts of an enormous body of social theory, while also encouraging them to think about their own various crises of faith Similar to My Utmost, When Art Disrupts Religion offers new ways ofthinking about conversion beyond common narratives of "rupture" offered by convertsto or from Christianity themselves.

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Philip S. Francis is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Maine Farmington and Melon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum. His research explores the shifting interrelationship of religion, art, and sexuality in the modern West.