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Good Taste, Bad Taste, & Christian Taste: Aesthetics in Religious Life

Frank Burch Brown


Christians frequently come into conflict with themselves and others over such matters as music, popular culture, and worship style. Yet they usually lack any theology of art or taste adequate to deal with aesthetic disputes. This book offers a constructive, “ecumenical” approach to artistic taste and aesthetic judgment—a non-elitist but discriminating theological aesthetics that has “teeth but no fangs.” While grounded in history and theory, this book takes up such practical questions as: How can one religious community accommodate a variety of artistic tastes? What good or harm can be done by ... More

Keywords: Christians, conflict, music, popular culture, worship, theology of art, artistic taste, aesthetic disputes, religious community, faith

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195158724
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158724.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Burch Brown, author
Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis
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