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The Ecumenism of Beauty

The Ecumenism of Beauty

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Publisher: Paraclete Press (MA)
ISBN: 9781612619248
Number of Pages: 128
Published: 25/04/2017
Width: 15.2 cm
Height: 22.9 cm

A landmark book on the role of visual arts, beauty and aesthetics in ecumenical exchange.

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.

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 —Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art & Spirituality, Artist

Philippo Rossi — Florentine Study Centre of Stanford University, Visiting Professor

Martin Shannon — The Community of Jesus, Liturgist and Director of Formation 

Timothy Verdon

Monsignor Timothy Verdon, one of the world's most respected art historians, is the Academic Director of the Mount Tabor Centre in Barga, Italy. He earned his PhD at Yale University and has lived in Italy for the last half century where he also directs the Diocesan Office of Sacred Art and Church Cultural Heritage, the Cathedral Foundation Museum (Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore), and the Centre for Ecumenism of the Archdiocese of Florence.

"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


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