Alan Smith’s New Book

Routledge has announced the publication of new volume in its Studies in Religion series: Theology and the Arts: Engaging Faith, by Ruth Illman and W. Alan Smith. In contrast to “the narrow emphasis of modernity on reason and the scientific method as the basis of all knowledge,” Illman and Smith focus on “discrete practices of faithful communities” that engage the arts. As a practical theology of the arts, the book “presents its theological claims through the careful analysis of several stories of communities around the world that have engaged in transformational practices through a specific art form, investigating communities from Europe, the Middle East, South America, and the U.S. The case studies explored include Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze, indigenous, and sometimes agnostic subjects, involved in visual art, music, dance, theatre, documentary film, and literature.” Read the publisher’s press release for a 20% discount. Better still, purchase it through the REA Bookstore!

Congratulations, Alan!

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