The Aesthetics of Atheism: Theology and Imagination in Contemporary Culture
To really understand God, you have to understand atheism.Atheism and Christianity are often placed at polar opposite ends of a spectrum, forever in stark conflict with each other. In The Aesthetics of Atheism, Kutter Callaway and Barry Taylor propose a...
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To really understand God, you have to understand atheism.Atheism and Christianity are often placed at polar opposite ends of a spectrum, forever in stark conflict with each other. In The Aesthetics of Atheism, Kutter Callaway and Barry Taylor propose a radical alternative: atheism and theism need each other. In fact, atheism offers profound and necessary theological insights into the heart of Christianity itself. To get at these truths, Callaway and Taylor dive into the aesthetic dimensions of atheism, using everything from Stranger Things to Damien Hirst's controversial sculptures to the music of David Bowie, Nick Cave, and Leonard Cohen. This journey through contemporary culture and its imagination offers readers a deeper understanding of theology, culture, and how to engage faith in a chaotic and complex world where God is present in the most unexpected place: atheism.
Kutter Callaway (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he teaches at the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. He is the author of "Scoring Transcendence: Contemporary Film Music as Religious Experience".
Barry Taylor (PhD, Fuller Seminary) is artist in residence for the Brehm Center and an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, where he teaches a series of spiritually innovative classes on music, film, and contemporary theology. In addition, he is an associate rector at All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills. He has co-authored two books, A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Popular Culture with Craig Detweiler and A Heretic's Guide to Eternity.
- <p>introduction<br />
- Section I: The Where<br />
- Chapter 1: A Genre: Horror<br />
- Chapter 2: A Poetics Of The Numinous<br />
- Chapter 3: The Empty Tomb As God&acirc;s Absence<br />
- Section Ii: The What<br />
- &nbsp;chapter 4: An Art Form: Music<br />
- &nbsp;chapter 5: How Darkness Sounds<br />
- Chapter 6: The Cry On The Cross As God&acirc;s Apostasy<br />
- Section Iii: The How<br />
- &nbsp;chapter 7: An Artist: Damien Hirst<br />
- &nbsp;chapter 8: Universal Triggers<br />
- Chapter 9: The Transfiguration As God&acirc;s Disappearance<br />
- Conclusion: A Faith Of Crisis</p>