The Sacred Gaze

The Sacred Gaze
Author: David Morgan
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2005-05-31
ISBN: 0520243064
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sacred Gaze Book Excerpt:

David Morgan investigates the key aspects of vision & imagery in a variety of religious traditions, including the functions of religious images & the tools that viewers use to interpret them.

The Sacred Gaze

The Sacred Gaze
Author: Susan R. Pitchford
Publsiher: Liturgical Press
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2014-04-07
ISBN: 0814635938
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sacred Gaze Book Excerpt:

Eight hundred years ago, Clare of Assisi advised a correspondent to gaze into the mirror of the crucified Christ and study her own face within it. A hundred years ago, sociologist Charles Horton Cooley said we can know our self only as it is reflected to us by others. Contemplation is the choice to find our reflection in the divine Mirror. In The Sacred Gaze, Susan Pitchford explores how a false self is created by distortions in the mirrors around us. Drawing from the mystical and sociological traditions, and with practical suggestions for how to begin, Pitchford shows how gazing into the face of Christ can reveal to us who we really are. When the true self is known, and known as God’s beloved, the way is opened to radical freedom and joy.

The Embodied Eye

The Embodied Eye
Author: David Morgan
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2012-02-01
ISBN: 0520272226
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Embodied Eye Book Excerpt:

"Exploring a dazzling variety of religious imagery, David Morgan shows how vision functions as an active, physical process, embedded in bodily experience and profoundly shaped by social practice. Morgan's bold, thoughtful interpretations will fascinate art historians and students of visual culture as well as historians of religion.” -Pepe Karmel, Department of Art History, New York University "The Embodied Eye is an important and truly groundbreaking book. It represents a substantive and quite fascinating extension of David Morgan's previous work- especially as it impressively shows us how 'seeing' is the primary medium of social life, and materially integrates the body of the individual and the body of the group. Morgan is unquestionably the pioneering theorist in the whole emergent field of Visual and Culture Studies as it relates to religion and art." -Norman Girardot, University Distinguished Professor, Lehigh University “Under David Morgan’s inspiring guidance, readers are taken on a dazzling journey through religious images that mediate worlds of faith. Embedding vision in the body, this book stands out with its thought-provoking approach to religious media as material and embodied interfaces that underpin the social construction of the sacred.” -Birgit Meyer, Professor of Religious Studies, Utrecht University

The Art of the Sacred

The Art of the Sacred
Author: Graham Howes
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2006-11-24
ISBN: 0857710613
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Art of the Sacred Book Excerpt:

The field of 'art and religion' is fast becoming one of the most dynamic areas of religious studies. Uniquely, "The Art of the Sacred" explores the relationship between religion and the visual arts - and vice versa - within Christianity and other major religious traditions. It identifies and describes the main historical, theological, sociological and aesthetic dimensions of 'religious' art, with particular attention to 'popular' as well as 'high' culture, and within societies of the developing world. It also attempts to locate, and predict, the forms and functions of such art in a changing contemporary context of obligation, modernity, secularism and fundamentalism. The author concentrates on four chief dimensions where religious art and religious belief converge: the iconographic; the didactic; the institutional; and the aesthetic. This clear, well-organised and imaginative treatment of the subject should prove especially attractive to students of religion and visual culture, as well as to artists and art historians.

The Dark Gaze

The Dark Gaze
Author: Kevin Hart
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 301
Release: 2004-11-30
ISBN: 0226318117
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dark Gaze Book Excerpt:

Maurice Blanchot is among the most important twentieth-century French thinkers. Figures such as Bataille, Deleuze, Derrida, and Levinas all draw deeply on his novels and writings on literature and philosophy. In The Dark Gaze, Kevin Hart argues that Blanchot has given us the most persuasive account of what we must give up—whether it be continuity, selfhood, absolute truth, totality, or unity—if God is, indeed, dead. Looking at Blanchot’s oeuvre as a whole, Hart shows that this erstwhile atheist paradoxically had an abiding fascination with mystical experiences and the notion of the sacred. The result is not a mere introduction to Blanchot but rather a profound reconsideration of how his work figures theologically in some of the major currents of twentieth-century thought. Hart reveals Blanchot to be a thinker devoted to the possibilities of a spiritual life; an atheist who knew both the Old and New Testaments, especially the Hebrew Bible; and a philosopher keenly interested in the relation between art and religion, the nature of mystical experience, the link between writing and the sacred, and the possibilities of leading an ethical life in the absence of God.

Sacred Stories

Sacred Stories
Author: Mark D. Steinberg,Heather J. Coleman
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 420
Release: 2007
ISBN: 0253218500
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sacred Stories Book Excerpt:

Examines religious narratives, beliefs, and practices in late Imperial Russia

Senses of the Soul

Senses of the Soul
Author: William Dyrness
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2008-05-01
ISBN: 1556358644
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Senses of the Soul Book Excerpt:

Senses of the Soul explores the way art and visual elements are incorporated into Christian worship. It incorporates research conducted in Los Angeles congregations. Through extensive interviews in a sample of Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox congregations it looks into the way visual elements actually become part of the experience of worship. By looking at attitudes and experiences of beauty, art, and memories, it suggests that believers appropriate images and aesthetic encounters in terms of imaginative structures that have been formed through worship practices over time. By comparing responses across denominations, the book proposes that people receive visual elements in ways that have been shaped by long traditions and specific background beliefs. In addition to discussions of the differences between the major Christian traditions, the book also examines the relation of art and beauty to worship, the role of memories and everyday life, and the power of images in spirituality and worship. By its focus on the worshiper, the book seeks to make a contribution to the growing conversation between the arts and Christian worship and to the process of worship renewal.

The Visual Theology of the Huguenots

The Visual Theology of the Huguenots
Author: Randal Carter Working
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 214
Release: 2016-02-18
ISBN: 1498228496
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Visual Theology of the Huguenots Book Excerpt:

The role of architecture within the French Reformed tradition has been of recent scholarly interest, seen in the work of Helene Guicharnaud, Catharine Randall, Andrew Spicer, and others. Few, however, have explored in depth the relationship between Reformed theology and architectural forms. This thesis explores the roots of Reformed aesthetics, set against the background of late medieval church architecture. The work of Serlio is demonstrably important in the spreading of the ideas of Vitruvius, indicating the influence of classical Roman building on French Reformed architecture. There follows an examination of five important Huguenot architects: Philibert de l'Orme, Bernard Palissy, Jacques-Androuet du Cerceau, Salomon de Brosse, and Jacques Perret. We then undergo a comparative examination of three churches: St. Pierre in Geneva, a medieval church overhauled by the Reformers; St. Gervais-St. Protais, a Parisian Catholic church whose facade was completed by the French Reformed architect Salomon de Brosse; and the temple at Charenton, a structure also designed and built by de Brosse. These three buildings reveal the contribution of Huguenot architecture, a distinct language that gave expression to Reformed theological ideas and helped bring about the renewal of classicism in France.

Framing Mary

Framing Mary
Author: Amy Singleton Adams,Vera Shevzov
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2018-04-24
ISBN: 160909235X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Framing Mary Book Excerpt:

Despite the continued fascination with the Virgin Mary in modern and contemporary times, very little of the resulting scholarship on this topic extends to Russia. Russia's Mary, however, who is virtually unknown in the West, has long played a formative role in Russian society and culture. Framing Mary introduces readers to the cultural life of Mary from the seventeenth century to the post-Soviet era. It examines a broad spectrum of engagements among a variety of people—pilgrims and poets, clergy and laity, politicians and political activists—and the woman they knew as the Bogoroditsa. In this collection of well-integrated and illuminating essays, leading scholars of imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet Russia trace Mary's irrepressible pull and inexhaustible promise from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Focusing in particular on the ways in which both visual and narrative images of Mary frame perceptions of Russian and Soviet space and inform discourse about women and motherhood, these essays explore Mary's rich and complex role in Russia's religion, philosophy, history, politics, literature, and art. Framing Mary will appeal to Russian studies scholars, historians, and general readers interested in religion and Russian culture.

Mystical Resistance

Mystical Resistance
Author: Ellen D. Haskell
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2016-08-01
ISBN: 0190600438
Category: Christianity and other religions
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mystical Resistance Book Excerpt:

"Mystical Resistance reveals the Kabbalistic masterpiece Sefer ha-Zohar as a rich source for understanding Jewish resistance to Christian authority. Composed against a backdrop of rising religious intolerance, the Zohar's subversive mystical narratives critique the changing relationship between Western Europe's Christian majority and its Jewish minority"--

The Cult of St Anne in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

The Cult of St  Anne in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Author: Jennifer Welsh
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 250
Release: 2016-12-08
ISBN: 1134997876
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cult of St Anne in Medieval and Early Modern Europe Book Excerpt:

Dr Jennifer Welsh received her M.A. in Medieval Studies from Cornell University in 2000, and her M.A. and PhD in History from Duke University in 2004 and 2009. Her dissertation dealt with the cult of St. Anne in late medieval and early modern Europe. After four years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, she started working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Lindenwood-University Belleville in Belleville, IL in August of 2014. This is her first book.

Key Words in Religion Media and Culture

Key Words in Religion  Media and Culture
Author: David Morgan
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2008-06-30
ISBN: 1134060661
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Key Words in Religion Media and Culture Book Excerpt:

'From The Passion of the Christ to the presumed 'clash of civilizations', religion's role in culture is increasingly contested and mediated. Key Words in Religion, Media, and Culture is a welcome and interdisciplinary contribution that maps the territory for those who aim to make sense of it all. Highlighting the important concepts guiding state-of-the-art research into religion, media, and culture, this book is bound to become an important and frequently consulted resource among scholars both seasoned and new to the field.' –Lynn Schofield Clark 'David Morgan has assembled here a fine team of scholars to prove beyond a doubt that the intersections of religion, media, and culture constitute one of the most stimulating fields of inquiry around today...This highly useful and theoretically sophisticated text will likely assume 'ritual' status in this emergent field.' – Rosalind I. J. Hackett, University of Tennessee, US 'This volume is a major intervention in the literature on religion, media and culture. Drawing together leading international scholars, it offers a conceptual map of the field to which students, teachers and researchers will refer for many years to come. The publication of Key Words in Religion, Media and Culture is a significant moment in the formation of this area of study, and sets a standard for cross-disciplinary collaboration and theoretical and methodological sophistication for future work in this area to follow.' – Gordon Lynch, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK 'This book offers a range of refreshing essays on the relationships between media and religion. Its selected keywords open doors to understanding contemporary society. The cultural perspectives on mediation and religious practices give some illuminating and surprising analyses.' – Knut Lundby, University of Oslo, Norway

Visual Arts in the Worshiping Church

Visual Arts in the Worshiping Church
Author: Lisa DeBoer
Publsiher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Total Pages: 310
Release: 2016-12-17
ISBN: 1467446890
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Visual Arts in the Worshiping Church Book Excerpt:

Although numerous studies have examined biblical and theological rationales for using the visual arts in worship, this book by Lisa J. DeBoer fills in a piece of the picture missing so far — the social dimensions of both our churches and the various art worlds represented in our congregations. The first part of the book looks at Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Protestantism in turn — including case studies of specific congregations — showing how each tradition’s use of the visual arts reveals an underlying ecclesiology. DeBoer then focuses on six themes that emerge when Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant uses of the visual arts are examined together — the arts as expressions of the church’s local and universal character, the meanings attributed to particular styles of art for the church, the role of the arts in enculturating the gospel, and more. DeBoer’s Visual Arts in the Worshiping Church will focus and deepen the thinking of pastors, worship leaders, artists, students, and laypeople regarding what the arts might do in the midst of their congregations.

Humanism

Humanism
Author: Anthony B. Pinn
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2015-08-27
ISBN: 147258144X
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Humanism Book Excerpt:

Who are the "Nones"? What does humanism say about race, religion and popular culture? How do race, religion and popular culture inform and affect humanism? The demographics of the United States are changing, marked most profoundly by the religiously unaffiliated, or what we have to come to call the "Nones". Spread across generations in the United States, this group encompasses a wide range of philosophical and ideological perspectives, from some in line with various forms of theism to those who are atheistic, and all sorts of combinations in between. Similar changes to demographics are taking place in Europe and elsewhere. Humanism: Essays on Race, Religion and Popular Culture provides a much-needed humanities-based analysis and description of humanism in relation to these cultural markers. Whereas most existing analysis attempts to explain humanism through the natural and social sciences (the "what" of life), Anthony B. Pinn explores humanism in relation to "how" life is arranged, socialized, ritualized, and framed. This ground-breaking publication brings together old and new essays on a wide range of topics and themes, from the African-American experience, to the development of humanist churches, and the lyrics of Jay Z.

Building and Negotiating Religious Identities in a Zen Buddhist Temple

Building and Negotiating Religious Identities in a Zen Buddhist Temple
Author: Fan Zhang
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 100
Release: 2019-06-27
ISBN: 9811388636
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Building and Negotiating Religious Identities in a Zen Buddhist Temple Book Excerpt:

This book explores the practices in a Zen Buddhist temple located in Northwest Ohio against the backdrop of globalization. Drawing on the previous studies on Buddhist modernization and westernization, it provides a better understanding of the westernization of Buddhism and its adapted practices and rituals in the host culture. Using rhetorical criticism methodology, the author approaches this temple as an embodiment of Buddhist rhetoric with both discursive and non-discursive expressions within the discourses of modernity. By analyzing the rhetorical practices at the temple through abbots’ teaching videos, the temple website, members’ dharma names, and the materiality of the temple space and artifacts, the author discovers how Buddhist rhetoric functions to constitute and negotiate the religious identities of the community members through its various rituals and activities. At the same time, the author examines how the temple’s space and settings facilitate the collective the formation and preservation of the Buddhist identity. Through a nuanced discussion of Buddhist rhetoric, this book illuminates a new rhetorical methodology to understand religious identity construction. Furthermore, it offers deeper insights into the future development of modern Buddhism, which are also applicable to Buddhist practitioners and other major world religions.

The Forge of Vision

The Forge of Vision
Author: David Morgan
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 407
Release: 2015-10-27
ISBN: 0520961994
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Forge of Vision Book Excerpt:

Religions teach their adherents how to see and feel at the same time; learning to see is not a disembodied process but one hammered from the forge of human need, social relations, and material practice. David Morgan argues that the history of religions may therefore be studied through the lens of their salient visual themes. The Forge of Vision tells the history of Christianity from the sixteenth century through the present by selecting the visual themes of faith that have profoundly influenced its development. After exploring how distinctive Catholic and Protestant visual cultures emerged in the early modern period, Morgan examines a variety of Christian visual practices, ranging from the imagination, visions of nationhood, the likeness of Jesus, the material life of words, and the role of modern art as a spiritual quest, to the importance of images for education, devotion, worship, and domestic life. An insightful, informed presentation of how Christianity has shaped and continues to shape the modern world, this work is a must-read for scholars and students across fields of religious studies, history, and art history.

Materiality in Religion and Culture

Materiality in Religion and Culture
Author: Saburo Shawn Morishita
Publsiher: LIT Verlag Münster
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2017
ISBN: 3643906315
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Materiality in Religion and Culture Book Excerpt:

This book examines the significance of the material dimensions of religion and culture. By looking at how scholars have researched religious materiality in the past, and focusing especially upon the variety of ways objects are handled in contemporary religious life, the reader will discover some insight into the interplay between the material and the immaterial. Case studies analyze the use of things in rituals and sacred places as well as ways in which they are appropriated for religious and academic instruction. The book attempts to reinterpret what the materiality in religion and culture might signify in light of multidisciplinary methodological approaches and helps to gain some ground on the abstract perspective of religions. (Series: Marburg Religious Science in Discourse / Marburger Religionswissenschaft im Diskurs, Vol. 2) [Subject: Religious Studies, Sociology]

Religion and Politics in the Ancient Americas

Religion and Politics in the Ancient Americas
Author: Sarah B. Barber,Arthur A. Joyce
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2017-09-20
ISBN: 131744082X
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion and Politics in the Ancient Americas Book Excerpt:

This exciting collection explores the interplay of religion and politics in the precolumbian Americas. Each thought-provoking contribution positions religion as a primary factor influencing political innovations in this period, reinterpreting major changes through an examination of how religion both facilitated and constrained transformations in political organization and status relations. Offering unparalleled geographic and temporal coverage of this subject, Religion and Politics in the Ancient Americas spans the entire precolumbian period, from Preceramic Peru to the Contact period in eastern North America, with case studies from North, Middle, and South America. Religion and Politics in the Ancient Americas considers the ways in which religion itself generated political innovation and thus enabled political centralization to occur. It moves beyond a "Great Tradition" focus on elite religion to understand how local political authority was negotiated, contested, bolstered, and undermined within diverse constituencies, demonstrating how religion has transformed non-Western societies. As well as offering readers fresh perspectives on specific archaeological cases, this book breaks new ground in the archaeological examination of religion and society.

Records of 1861 1872

Records of 1861  1872
Author: Edward West (printer.)
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1871
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Records of 1861 1872 Book Excerpt:

Loving Stones

Loving Stones
Author: David L. Haberman
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 330
Release: 2020
ISBN: 0190086718
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Loving Stones Book Excerpt:

"Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan is based on ethnographic and textual research with two major objectives. First, it is a study of the conceptions of and worshipful interactions with Mount Govardhan, a sacred mountain located in the Braj region of north-central India that has for centuries been considered an embodied form of Krishna. In this capacity it provides detailed information about the rich religious world associated with Mount Govardhan, much of which has not been available in previous scholarly literature. It is often said in that Mount Govardhan "makes the impossible possible" for devoted worshipers. This investigation includes examination of the perplexing paradox of an infinite god embodied in finite form, wherein each particular form is non-different from the unlimited. Second, it aims to address the challenge of interpreting something as radically different as the worship of a mountain and its stones for a culture in which this practice is quite alien. This challenge involves exploration of interpretive strategies that aspire to make the un-understandable understandable, and engages in theoretical considerations of incongruity, inconceivability, and like realms of the impossible. This aspect of the book includes critical consideration of the place and history of the pejorative concept of idolatry (and secondarily, its twin anthropomorphism) in the comparative study of religions. Accordingly, the second aim aspires to use the worship of Mount Govardhan as a site to explore ways in which scholars engaged in the difficult work of representing other cultures struggle to "make the impossible possible". ""--