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Architecture, the Built Environment, and Religion in America  

Peter W. Williams

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Jan 2018
The development of religious architecture in what is now the United States is tied closely to continuing immigration and the development both of de facto and de jure religious pluralism. ... More

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

Buddhism in Film  

Sharon A. Suh

Film serves as one of the most recent contributions to the variety of Buddhist visual forms that can offer a perspectival shift in interpretation for its viewers akin to other meditative ... More

Buddhist Art and Architecture in Tibet  

Erberto Lo Bue

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Feb 2018
Tibetan Buddhists view images primarily as religious supports and secondarily as works of art. Buddhist images are aimed at improving one’s karma by earning merit in view of future ... More

Culture, Entertainment, and Religion in America  

Randall J. Stephens

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Oct 2017
Throughout American history, religion and entertainment have influenced each other and have intersected in fascinating ways. Native American rituals and games entertained and inspired. ... More

Dunhuang Art  

Michelle C. Wang

The oasis city of Dunhuang lies at the eastern end of the southern Silk Routes, in Gansu Province in northwestern China. In the 2nd century BCE, Dunhuang was established by the Chinese Han ... More

Film and Religion in America  

Eric Michael Mazur

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Jan 2018
Religion intersects with film not only in film content, but also in the production and experience of film. From the earliest period, religious attitudes have shaped how religious ... More

Film Regulation and the Church in America  

William D. Romanowski

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Nov 2017
Since the dawn of the cinema at the turn of the 20th century, the church and its vicissitudes have been an essential part of the Hollywood story. There is a basic affinity between film and ... 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

Music and Religion in American Public Life  

Jason C. Bivins

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Jan 2018
Music in American public life is best understood not simply as the formal arrangement of religious texts in sound but as a fluid arena of exchange between performers, participants, and ... 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

Popular Culture and Religion in America  

Lynn Schofield Clark and Seth M. Walker

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Jan 2018
“Popular culture” is a term that usually refers to those commercially produced items specifically associated with leisure, media, and lifestyle choices. To study religion in popular ... More

Public Art and Religion in America  

Kymberly Pinder

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Jan 2018
Public art in the United States has a long and complicated history through which nationalism and public monuments have often been intertwined. The most prominent public art forms have been ... 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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