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dc.contributor.advisorBrown, David
dc.contributor.authorWorley, Taylor
dc.description.abstractWithin the field of theological aesthetics, this project assesses the divide between theological accounts of art and the re-emergence of religious imagery in modern and contemporary art. More specifically, American Protestant theologians and their accounts of visual art will be taken up as a representative set of contemporary theological inquiry in the arts. Under this category, evaluation will be made of three diverse traditions in American Protestant thought: Paul Tillich and Liberal Protestantism, Francis Schaeffer and the Neo-Calvinists, and the open evangelical accounts of Nicholas Wolterstorff and William Dyrness. With respect to modern and contemporary visual art, this evaluation judges the degree to which theologians have understood the primary concepts and dominant narratives of various modernisms and postmodernisms of art since the end of the nineteenth century, recognised the watershed moments in the lineage of the twentieth century avant-garde, and acknowledged the influence of critical theory not only upon the contemporary discourse in aesthetics and art production but also in the social reception of art. In tracing the re-emergence of religious imagery in modern and contemporary art, this project takes up three diverse traditions: the Crucifixions of Francis Bacon and the memento mori art of Damien Hirst, the ‘re-enchantment’ of art in the work of Joseph Beuys, and the art of ‘False Blasphemy’ associated with lapsed Catholics like Rober Gober and Andres Serrano. By assessing what theologians have written concerning visual art and the surprising return of certain religious imagery in modern and contemporary art, this study will intimate a new way forward in a mutually beneficial dialogue for art and religious belief.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
dc.subjectContemporary arten_US
dc.subjectProtestant theologyen_US
dc.subjectModern arten_US
dc.subjectPaul Tillichen_US
dc.subjectFrancis Schaefferen_US
dc.subjectNicholas Wolterstorffen_US
dc.subjectWilliam Dyrnessen_US
dc.subjectFrancis Baconen_US
dc.subjectDamien Hirsten_US
dc.subjectJoseph Beuysen_US
dc.subjectDietrich Bonhoefferen_US
dc.subjectAndres Serranoen_US
dc.subjectChris Ofilien_US
dc.subjectKiki Smithen_US
dc.subjectRobert Goberen_US
dc.subjectPostmodern theologyen_US
dc.subjectTheological aestheticsen_US
dc.subjectTheology and arten_US
dc.subjectReligion and arten_US
dc.subjectReligious imagery in contemporary arten_US
dc.subject.lcshChristianity and arten_US
dc.subject.lcshAesthetics--Religious aspects--Christianityen_US
dc.subject.lcshArt, Modernen_US
dc.titleTheology and contemporary visual art : making dialogue possibleen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.publisher.departmentThe Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Artsen_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulations. Electronic copy restricted until 22nd September 2022en_US

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