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Bruce Ellis Benson rethinks what it means to be artistic, a living expression of Christian worship

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"This book signals a new 'turn' in worship studies: a concern for a theologically rich and culturally alert engagement with the arts in congregational worship. It deserves a wide readership and will doubtless provoke a whole series of fruitful improvisations."--Jeremy Begbie, Duke University

Philosopher Bruce Ellis Benson explores how the arts inform and cultivate service to God, helping the church to not only think differently about the arts but also act differently. He contends that we are all artists, that our very lives should be seen as art, and that we should live liturgically in service to God and neighbor.

Working from the biblical structure of call and response, Benson rethinks what it means to be artistic and recovers the ancient Christian idea of presenting oneself to God as a work of art. Rather than viewing art as practiced only by the few, Benson argues that we are all called by God to be artists. He reenvisions art as the very core of our being: we are God's own art, and God calls us to improvise as living and growing works of art. Benson also examines the nature of liturgy and connects art and liturgy in a new way.

This book will appeal to philosophy, worship/liturgy, art, music, and theology students as well as those who are interested in engaging issues of worship and aesthetics in a postmodern context.

Liturgy as a Way of Life by Bruce Ellis Benson was published by Baker in June 2006 and is our 43111th best seller. The ISBN for Liturgy as a Way of Life is 9780801031359.

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Contents

Introduction: The Art of Living
1. The Call and the Response
2. Deconstructing the Discourse of Art
3. Improvising Like Jazz
4. On Not Being an Artistic Whore
5. Becoming Living Works of Art
Index

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"This packs a lot of punch for a short book. Yet the tone is gracious, cautious, and often conversational. It signals a new 'turn' in worship studies: a concern for a theologically rich and culturally alert engagement with the arts in congregational worship. It deserves a wide readership and will doubtless provoke a whole series of fruitful improvisations." - Jeremy Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology, Duke University.

"Jazz music--so creative and free, so grounded and disciplined--provides a vivid and illuminating metaphor for reflecting on the internal dynamics of faithful and fruitful Christian lives and worship practices. This book pushes readers beyond any initial superficial appeal of this analogy to explore how it might radically convert our perceptions about the shape, tone, and sheer beauty of Christian discipleship." - John D. Witvliet, director, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.

"Drawing upon the rich resources of Gadamer, Marion, and others, Bruce Ellis Benson forges a distinctly improvisational vision of how the arts can be newly embedded in the fabric of our lives, our worship, and our communities. He also calls for the church to acknowledge the crucial nature of the arts for envisioning an incarnate spirituality that celebrates beauty." - Bruce Herman, Lothórien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts, Gordon College.

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Page last updated 31st December 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBaker (June 2006)
Weight195g
Number of Pages160
Thickness11 mm
Height223 mm
Width153 mm
ISBN9780801031359
ISBN-100801031354
Product Code4071296
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