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More Christians than ever before are studying and working professionally in the arts - but how to do it with integrity, Christian grit and in the language of our time? This practical introductory textbook is seasoned with quotes from artists, critics and philosophers, and animated with 51 b/w illustrations representing visual art, architecture, music, poetry, drama, media and film. The authors make a quick tour through the history of western art and culture. They identify the roots that led to our current post-modern condition, as well as the sometimes strained relations between the church and artists. They examine the implications of the biblical themes of a good Creation, a perverting Fall and the reality of Redemption for the aesthetic dimension of life. They also look at the way we interpret and interact with art - why does art matter? And how can different approaches to art make art work for us in different ways? Finally they have bold advice and encouragement for Christians involved in the arts or considering an artistic career.
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Table of Contents

Preface, Forewords by Calvin Seerveld and Graham Cray, Introduction. Part1: Deconstructed, Disillusioned and Distrusted: Conflicting influences on the Christian artist Part2: Garden, Serpent and Sacrifice: Returning to primary sources Part3: Worldview, Worship and the Work of Art: Applying the Bible to some basic art issues Part4: Seeing, Weighing and Interpreting: Some attempts at definition and pointers for assessment Part5: Rooted, respectful and Real: Some ways forward for Christians in the arts. References, List of Illustrations, Recommended Resources and Index

About the Author

Hilary Brand wrote The Sceptic's Guide to Reading the Bible (Bible Reading Fellowship 2000); she is also a photographer. Adrienne Chaplin teaches philosophical aesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Canada.

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"Art and Soul ... I can barely draw recognizable stick figures, but the book's title was too intriguing to pass up. I'm glad I didn't, because this text has the potential to rank as a classic on the subject of how Christians can, and need to, interpret the world around them through the arts ... A powerful chapter on the Church's response to art and worship will challnege you to consider the nature of worship." Tom Piotrowski, youthculture@today, Summer 2003 "Art and Soul is a unique, important and dare I say essential addition to the too few books available on the subject of Christianity and the arts. ... It pioneers several new paths, all which will inspire the artist to think and to dream well. ... This is an exceptional book." Charlie Peacock-Ashworth, N. American singer/songwriter "More than anything this is a book that addresses where we are now. It will help you understand what's going on in the Turner Prize show - and it will give you an insight into how some significant and creative Christian artists are grappling biblically with the culture of the millennium." David Porter, UK author and Editor of the ACG's 'ArtsMedia' magazine "[Art and Soul] serves equally well for neophytes in the arts, mature artists who wish to make the vitality of the arts known to non-artists, or practicing artists of faith who wish to reconnect with their Christian roots. That makes Art and Soul an invaluable resource in the classroom or the church hall." Karen Mulder, 'Christianity Today' & 'American Art Quarterly' "This is a book that needed to be written and I thoroughly recommend it, not only to those who work in the arts but to all Christians who wish to understand and appreciate our artistic heritage ... it explodes the myth that 'art' is not for Christians." Marion Field, Association of Christian Writers, UK "(Art and Soul) is well written, readable and contemporary." Iain McKillop, UK painter and art teacher "I have used Art and Soul as a text for a senior seminar in the visual arts ... anyone involved in music, theatre, film or the visual arts will find [here] a wealth of stimulating material for inspiration and discussion on a variety of levels." Joanna Alberda, Professor of Art, Dordt College, Iowa, USA "This is a well-written response to the situation of working in the arts in current post-modern society and working out of a Christian worldview. The usefulness of the book has been enhanced by extensive illustrations of contemporary British artists." Rod Pattenden, Pastor and professional artist, Australia "Hilary Brand and Adrienne Chaplin serve us well with their critical insights into the opportunities and ordeals of art and art making. Art and Soul responsibly engages the realities faced by both contemporary makers and receivers of visual arts." Charles Young, Professor of Art, Calvin College, Grand Rapids "This is an important volume because the authors have identified the gulf that exists for Christians in the arts between the key tenets of the gospels and the hostile reality of our cultural climate." Mark Cazalet, UK artist "The most comprehensive exploration of arts from an evangelical Christian perspective." Charles Beach, Associate Professor of English, Nyack College "Art and Soul is a great encouragement. Here is a practical guide that is peppered with sensibly applied experience and helpful quotations. 'Christian art, in our view,' write the authors, 'is art which is produced from a thoroughly Christian worldview.'" Cilla Lloyd, UK printmaker "Art and Soul presents Christian art in the here and now: speculative, questioning and dangerous." Fred Folsom, US artist

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