Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste: Aesthetics in Religious Life by Frank Burch Brown

Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste: Aesthetics in Religious Life

byFrank Burch Brown

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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 judgment--a non-elitist but discriminating theological aesthetics that has "teeth but no fangs." While grounded in history and theory, this book takes up such practical questions as: How can one religious community accommodate a variety of artistic tastes? What good or harm can be done by importing music that is worldly in origin into a house of worship? How can the exercise of taste in themaking of art be a viable (and sometimes advanced) spiritual discipline? In exploring the complex relation between taste, religious imagination, and faith, Brown offers a new perspective on what it means to be spiritual, religious, and indeed Christian.

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Frank Burch Brown is Frederick Doyle Kershner Professor of Religion and the Arts at Christian Theological Seminary. He is author of Religious Aesthetics (1989) and Transfiguration: Poetic Metaphor and the Languages of Religious Belief (1983). He is also a composer and a director of a graduate program in church music.
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Title:Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste: Aesthetics in Religious LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:February 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"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