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What constitutes a work of art compared to just work? Taking vigorous issue with the pervasive Western notion that the arts exist essentially for the purpose of aesthetic contemplation, Nicholas Wolterstorff proposes instead what he sees as an authentically Christian perspective: Merry Christmas, Heretics, One and All.

One of those acts may be disinterested contemplation, but more often the art serves a function.

Art in Action: Toward a Christian Aesthetic

While granting that galleries, theaters and concert halls serve a valid purpose, Wolterstorff argues that art should also be appreciated in action — in private homes, in hotel lobbies, in factories and grocery stores, on main street.

Instead of representing an escape from reality, art operates as a key to translate reality in a more meaningful way. Critique of a Dogmatic Theory of Action. Wolterstorff argues that there is not one single purpose for art in our lives but that “art plays and is meant to play an enormous diversity of roles in human life. Intended Public Use of Art. Art, as Wolterstor For the most part, I found this book delightful.

Jim Watkins rated it it was amazing Jan 03, Account Options Sign in. Wllterstorff are objects and instruments of action whereby we carry out our intentions with respect to the world, our fellows, ourselves, and our gods.

Art in Action – Nicholas Wolterstorff : Eerdmans

Instead of the art form as a medium for communication between artist and audience, the artist pushes her creation out of the nest as soon as it hatches, allowing it to float aimlessly in the qrt of society. Maria rated it really liked it Dec 01, In this way, Wolterstorff does aet great service to his readers by de-snobberizing the topic of art, and validating other uses of art his section on art and its relationship to liturgy at the end of the book is superb.


It made me reali It’s one of those reads that frustrates you because it’s so philosophical and complex, but at the same time interests you and makes you think more deeply about something you thought was pretty black-and-white.

Separation of Art from Life. Top Posts of Open Preview See a Problem? Trivia About Art in Action: A prolific writer with wide-ranging philosophical and theological interests, he has written books on metaphysics, aesthetics, political philosophy, epistemology and theology and philosophy of religion. Nathan Howe rated it liked it Sep 20, They are inextricably embedded in the fabric of human intention.

Toward a Christian Aesthetic. American History Regional History. Eerdmans is proud to publish many books that have remained in print for decades – true wolteerstorff that have stood the test of time. Return to Book Page. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I wanted a lecture he gave in in which he tried to develop his thoughts further and deal with the problems he had in this book.

Worship in a Post-Christian Cultureand speaks around the country in churches and conferences. Regelski – – Educational Philosophy and Theory 37 1: Perhaps this is exactly why post-Enlightenment aesthetics replaced religion in the first place. The Church and Music: There are great quotes in this book.


The Purpose for the Uses. This book is not yet featured wolterstorfv Listopia. In other words, art exists as art insofar as it operates in conjunction with human community.

The Artist and Fittingness. I searched the pages of this little volume for a meta-start of aesthetics–or, if you will, an ontological source of aesthetics–and I came up empty.

West – – New York]Herder and Herder. The greatest strength in this volume is in it’s primary thesis: Jonathan Platter rated it it was amazing Jun 07, Books by Nicholas Wolterstorff.

In order wolteerstorff post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. They are objects and instruments of actio This is the best book on theology and the arts I have read so far. Elisa rated it it was amazing Apr 13, History of Western Philosophy. Ultimately, Wolsterstorff presents his thesis quickly and succinctly: The Universality of Art. He views this perspective as a result of modernism, which saw art as a way to save mankind from mere rationality.

Alison Ross – – Thesis Eleven 1: Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 39 2: A must read for anyone interested in that topic – or in the “purpose” of art in general. From a Christian perspective, Wolterstorff suggests that art plays a critical role in bringing the Creation Mandate from Genesis 1: Wolterstoorff to this book Te Deum: Wolterstorff labors to take us fish out of the water long enough to recognize that which is water, so to speak.