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Art and Religion in Ancient Greece and Rome  

Robin Osborne and Caroline Vout

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May 2016
One of the challenges shared across cultures and faiths is the intangible, ineffable nature of the divine. One problematic, yet theologically productive, solution to this problem is to ... More

Autobiography, Biography, and Theological Questioning  

John D. Barbour

Autobiography and biography (which together will be called “life writing”) raise theological questions in ways different from systematic or constructive theology. These forms of life ... More

Judaism and Visual Art  

Melissa Raphael

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Apr 2016
Until the late 20th century, it was widely assumed that visual art could be of only negligible significance to a Jewish tradition that had been principally mediated through written texts. ... More

Liturgy and Music at Hagia Sophia  

Bissera V. Pentcheva

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Apr 2016
Hagia Sophia, the former Orthodox Christian cathedral of Constantinople, is the single most important monument that survives from Byzantium. Its daring architecture of cascading dome and ... More

Martin Luther and Visual Culture  

Elke Anna Werner

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Mar 2017
In the mind of Martin Luther, images were first and foremost adiaphora and, as such, neither good nor bad. However, Luther spoke out firmly against the worship of images, as did other ... More

Martin Luther and the Arts: Music, Poetry, and Hymns  

Johannes Schilling

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Mar 2017
From the beginning of the Reformation, Martin Luther had a significant impact on church and society through his contributions to sacred music. His intention to spread the gospel among the ... More

Museums, Expositions, and Religion in North America since the 19th Century  

Hillary Kaell

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Sep 2017
Since the mid-19th century increasing numbers of North Americans have had access to new technologies of display that feature religious artifacts. Missionaries and museum curators played an ... More

Poetry, Prophecy, and Theological Revelation  

William Franke

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May 2016
In the history and prehistory of human societies, poets, prophets, and seers (the word vates can cover all three) have often been virtually indistinguishable from one another. From time ... More

Race, the Arts, and Religion in America  

Craig R. Prentiss

With the slow realization that race was not a category in nature, but rather the fruit of social imagination emerging from colonialism, scholars in the late 20th century shifted their ... More

Spirituality and Contemporary Art  

Rina Arya

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Aug 2016
The artworks under discussion detail the scope and breadth of art that can be described as spiritual by virtue of its revelatory, revitalizing and contemplative capacities. Rather than ... More

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