ARTS volume 25, number 2, is now available!
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In this issue, Frank Burch Brown contributes the paper he delivered at a SARTS session at the national American Academy of Religion meeting last November in Baltimore. Entitled "Orpheus Revisited: Can Arts Ever Lead Theology? And Where?," Brown suggests that the arts have been accorded a limited and subordinate kind of leading role in the field of theology and the arts. But he hopes for a more formal role for the arts in doing the work of "faith seeking understanding." He points to David Brown as one theologian who is doing precisely this. David Brown suggests that the arts contribute to an ongoing development of the tradition, and that the arts "typically deal with truth and experience in ways that cannot be translated entirely into the kinds of conceptual reasoning processes characteristic of theology's endeavors to understand the realities of faith."
At the meeting, David Brown, himself, responded in person to Frank Burch Brown's reflections, and his comments are published here, as well. Maeve Heaney, Larry Bouchard, and Russell Re Manning each also responded to Frank Burch Brown's comments, and their papers will be published in the online edition.
Also in this issue, Patrick Beldio reflects on "My Creative Experience: Finding Voice, Finding Silence" for our "in the studio" feature, speaking of the intoxicating joy and creeping disappointment of finishing a work. He also writes of coming to terms with what he calls the selfishness of the artistic life. And he reflects on the motivating powers of ignorance and instability that keep him going. Reproductions of two of his sculptures accompany the article.
Cláudio Carvalhaes writes for our "in the sanctuary" feature an article called, "Making 'Sense' in Theological Education." He writes of the problematic hierarchy that exists within theological curricula, and seeks to equalize the playing field through a retrieval of the senses. He presents a few case studies in which he attempts to engage students' senses through multi-sensory liturgical movements.
John Shorb introduces a new category to ARTS with "in the gallery." He profiles the work of Linda Ekstrom.
We also highlight the work of a number of our partner schools in this issue, and round out the issue with Wilson Yates' review of Rosemary Crumlin's book about the Blake Prize in Australia, and with reviews of two books by William Dyrness, in addition to book notes compiled by our book review editor, Mark McInroy.
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ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies is the journal of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies (SARTS), and is published by the Religion and the Arts Program at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas. ARTS appreciates the additional financial support of partner institutions, including CARE (The Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education at the GTU in Berkeley); Fuller Seminary; MOCRA (The Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at SLU in St. Louis); St. John's University (MN); Union Theological Seminary (NY); and Wesley Theological Seminary. We are funded by donations from our partner institutions as well as individual memberships to the professional society and through subscriptions to ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies. Your new or ongoing support is very much appreciated.