In the Beginning is the Icon: A Liberative Theology of Images, Visual Arts and Culture

1st Edition

Sigurd Bergmann

Routledge
Published January 21, 2016
Reference - 320 Pages
ISBN 9781138661059 - CAT# Y229798

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Summary

Icons provide depictions of God or encounters with the divine that enable reflection and prayer. 'In the Beginning is the Icon' explores the value of these images for a theology of liberation. Iconology, art theory, philosophical aesthetics, art history and anthropology are integrated with rigorous theological reflection to argue that the creation and observation of pictures can have a liberating effect on humanity. In presenting art from across the world, 'In the Beginning is the Icon' reflects the ethnocentricity of both art and religious studies and offers a new cross-cultural approach to the theology of art.

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