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William Dyrness

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  • Modern Art And The Life Of A Culture


    Part I: Critical Contexts
    1. Introduction: Religion And The Discourse Of Modernism
    2. H. R. Rookmaaker, Modern Art And The Death Of A Culture

    Part II: Geographies, Histories And Encounters
    3. France, Britain And The Sacramental Image
    4. Germany, Holland And Northern Romantic Theology
    5. Russian Icons, Dada Liturgies And Rumors Of Nihilism
    6. North America And The Expressive Image
    7. North America In The Age Of Mass-Media
    Afterword By Daniel A. Siedell
    List Of Illustrations

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    For many Christians, engaging with modern art raises several questions: Is the Christian faith at odds with modern art? Does modernism contain religious themes? What is the place of Christian artists in the landscape of modern art? Nearly fifty years ago, Dutch art historian and theologian Hans Rookmaaker offered his answers to these questions when he published his groundbreaking work, Modern Art and the Death of a Culture, which was characterized by both misgivings and hopefulness. While appreciating Rookmaaker’s invaluable contribution to the study of theology and the arts, this volume-coauthored by an artist and a theologian-responds to his work and offers its own answers to these questions by arguing that there were actually strong religious impulses that positively shaped modern visual art. Instead of affirming a pattern of decline and growing antipathy towards faith, the authors contend that theological engagement and inquiry can be perceived across a wide range of modern art-French, British, German, Dutch, Russian and North American-and through particular works by artists such as Gauguin, Picasso, David Jones, Caspar David Friedrich, van Gogh, Kandinsky, Warhol and many others. This book, the first in IVP Academic’s new Studies in Theology and the Arts series, brings together the disciplines of art history and theology and points to the signs of life in modern art in order to help Christians navigate these difficult waters.

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  • Invitation To Cross Cultural Theology


    Invitation to Cross-Cultural Theology seeks to extend the study of theology to the way in which lay communities of Christians endeavor to shape their world by their faith. Using narratives of experiences with God as source material, Dyrness sets out to discover the framework, both explicit as well as implicit, that guides their lives as Christians. Testimonies are heard from five very different communities around the world. In the final chapter, the author discusses the various ways in which Christ and salvation are being addressed in these communities today.

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  • Learning About Theology From The Third World


    Designed to introduce Western Christians to discussions about theology going on in the Third World. Gives major overviews of the theology of Africa, Latin America and Asia.

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