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Good Taste, Bad Taste, & Christian TasteAesthetics in Religious Life$
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Frank Burch Brown

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195158724

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158724.001.0001

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Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste

Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste

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Good Taste, Bad Taste, & Christian Taste

Frank Burch Brown

Oxford University Press

Unlike issues of theology and morality, Christians find issues of aesthetic taste to be inconsequential. Taste is not exactly irrelevant to Christians as several congregations have addressed arguments regarding worship style, music, and the use of both contemporary and traditional forms of media. Also, outside the church, Christians have had discriminating opinions about the styles of entertainment and art today. However, a big deal is not made out of such issues because the Bible never said anything about such issues, and those who do care are perceived to be aesthetes and elitists. Christians who love art would assert that aesthetics is not the core of religion and spirituality, and this chapter takes on artistic taste in the concept of theology and religion.

Keywords:   theology, morality, aesthetic taste, artistic taste, aesthetes, elitists, Christians

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