Reformed theology and visual culture

Dyrness William A.

Reformed theology and visual culture : the protestant imagination from Calvin to Edwards

Cambridge (UK) ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004, 1 vol. (xv-339 p.).

ISBN 978-0-521-54073-5

Résumé :

With the walls of their churches bereft of imagery and color and their worship centered around sermons with carefully constructed outlines (as opposed to movement and drama), reformed protestants have often been accused of being dour and unimaginative. Here, William Dyrness explores the roots of reformed theology in an attempt to counteract these prevailing notions. Studying sixteenth-century Geneva and England, seventeenth and eighteenth-century puritan New England, Dyrness argues that, though this tradition impeded development of particular visual forms, it encouraged others, especially in areas of popular culture and the ordering of family and community. Exploring the theology of JohnCalvin, William Ames, John Cotton, and Jonathan Edwards, Dyrness shows how this tradition created a new aesthetic of simplicity, inwardness, and order to express underlying theological commitments. With over forty illustrations, this book will prove invaluable to those interested in the reformed tradition.

William Dyrness is professor of theology and culture in the School of theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He is the author of over a dozen books on theology and culture including The earth is god : a theology of american culture (1997) and Visual faith : art, theology and workship in dialogue (2001).

Axe de recherches :

  • Axe transversal : Cultures visuelles

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