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Many Christians regard artistic taste as a matter of religious indifference, irrelevant to theological conviction. Brown insists otherwise, arguing that in responding to art, we may draw nearer to or pull away from God and other believers. But developing a well-grounded aesthetics requires serious reflection on conflicting traditions within Christendom: Brown does so by contrasting the views of Kierkegaard (who viewed art as a sensual distraction from the stern demands of discipleship) with those of Blake (who reveled in the artistic imagination as a conduit to heaven). As a composer and church musician, Brown naturally resists Kierkegaard's strictures, yet he concedes the risks of letting the artist into the sanctuary, especially at a time when a lax cultural relativism often paralyzes the critical faculties. Without dictating any narrow orthodoxy, Brown challenges Christian readers to cultivate an aesthetic discipline flexible enough to forge fresh ecumenical artistic styles but rigorous enough to ward off the cliches of kitsch, old and new. A provocative analysis, sure to open new lines of dialogue between artists and believers. Bryce Christensen
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"Burch Brown has opened a way for Christian theology to rejoin the ongoing task of culture critique, setting forth a broad agenda for Christian aesthetics." --Anglican Theological Review, Summer 2002
"A provocative analysis, sure to open new lines of dialogue between artists and believers."--Booklist
"Some philosophers have dealt seriously with the difficult problem of taste. If there is another treatment as extensive as this one, I am not aware of it...As an intelligent and learned guide for those dealing with the use of art and music in the church, this book is, as far as I know, incomparable."--Theology Today
"Frank Burch Brown, F.D. Kerschner Professor of Religion and the Arts and Christian Theological Seminary, has written a book that is important for churches seeking to understand themselves better and to more faithfully express their common loyalty to Jesus Christ. Not only does it help in understanding the diversity of taste and contribute to an informed reflection on likes and dislikes in grassroots religious communities, but it also is a serious theological consideration of aesthetics for criticism and dialogue in the so-called secular world."--Mid-Stream
"Seldom are complexity and clarity, knowledge and commitment, religious generosity and concreteness, faith and pluralism so evident as in this volume."--ARTS
"His significant contribution is in framing love of art and music with love of neighbor and showing how the one must deepen and develop the other if each is to be authentic." --Liturgical Ministry, Volume 11, Summer 2002
"Brown enfolds, true to the times and the academic spirit, a host of religious traditions and denomenations, seating them as equals at a round table....[he] stops short of any final moral judgment, for he is too much the scholar and too little the preacher to do so."--American Organist