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|Title: The Ecumenism of Beauty|
By: Timothy Verdon, ed.
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 1 ounce
Series: Mount Tabor Books
Stock No: WW619248
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For the 500th Commemoration Year of the Reformation
In a visual age, this book shares the belief that beauty and art can bridge differences. Essays from catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant artists, scholars, clergy and theologians explore beauty as a means to unify the body of Christ. The occasion of the Reformation commemoration year offers a time to reflect on the rich artistic heritage shared by all Christians and an opportunity to learn from other traditions.
"The Ecumenism of Beauty is a call to the church to again embrace the arts in service to its liturgy and mission." Sandra Bowden, Collector, Curator and Past President of Christians in the Visual Arts
Essays include Calvin and the Visual Arts: The Aesthetics of Soli Deo Gloria, The Artist as Contemplative, and Art and the Liturgy.
Contributors to this book include:
Timothy Verdon, Editor Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Director (Florence, Italy)
William Dyrness Fuller Theological Seminary, Professor of Theology
Jérôme Cottin University of Strasbourg, Professor of Practical Theology
Susan S. Kanaga
Released during the 500th commemoration year of the Reformation, this publication is part of a larger symposium in 2017, The Arts and Ecumenism What Theology Risks in Artistic Creation, with academic presentations in Paris, Strasbourg, and Florence, and an art exhibit at Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence, Italy. The symposium also includes panel discussions and sessions at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in New Haven and in Orleans, MA. The symposium is promoted by Catholic and Protestant schools of theology together with Mount Tabor Centre for Art and Spirituality, Barga, Italy and Orleans, MA. The authors of this book are Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant artists, scholars, and clergy who will take part in this symposium.
The work of contributors Susan S. Kanaga and Filippo Rossi is currently on display at the Grande Museo del Duomo in Florence, Italy. For more information visit artsandecumenism.org.
As a priest as well as a lover of art, Verdon recognizes that prayer and art are natural allies that spirituality, at heart, is not merely a quest for truth and goodness, but also for authentic beauty as well.
Christians in the east, with their rich tradition of icons, have done a better job at retaining beauty as an integral part of the faith experience. So I truly admire Msgr. Verdons efforts to reclaim a rich and authentic spirituality of art. Its a truly gorgeous book, filled with full color illustrations, that is as much a feast for the eyes as for the mind.
Carl McColman, patheos.com
Gregory Wolfe, Image Journal, Editor
Appropriately this book is also beautiful, with full-color images on glossy pages. I think Rossi and Kanaga's chapters were my favorite contributions, not only because they showcased their beautiful artwork, but because they reflected on their spiritual experience as artists. I give this five stars and recommend it to anyone concerned about art and the church.
James Matichuk, thoughtssongsandprayers.com