The Artist Alive

Explorations in Music, Art, and Theology

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Christopher Pramuk
  • Winona, MN: 
    Anselm Academic
    , May
     2019.
     324 pages.
     $29.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781599828381.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

Are songwriters, painters, filmmakers, and other artists modern-day prophets in society and church? Can art be a vehicle of hope, stirring that wondrous if elusive capacity in human beings to imagine a more just, humane, and joyful future?

Through critical and contemplative engagement with classics in music, film, literature, and visual arts, Christopher Pramuk's The Artist Alive: Explorations in Music, Art & Theology invites us to explore these and other questions. Attentive to the deep longings of the human and spiritual journey, Pramuk posits the arts as a doorway into the life of spirit and sacred presence. Rather than proposing "answers," he outlines a way of seeing, hearing, and praying through some of life's most enduring spiritual and theological questions. With more than a dozen case studies featuring various artists, prompts for contemplative practices, and a focus on today's most urgent social and spiritual issues, The Artist Alive weaves a spirituality of wonder, resistance, and hope: a prophetic response to the utilitarian, militarized, marketplace vision of reality that bears down upon and dehumanizes so many in our time.

Through loving examination of artists and their art, Pramuk convincingly conveys the possibility of a more humane and joyful way of being in the world.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Christopher Pramuk is an associate professor of theology and the University Chair of Ignatian Thought and Imagination at Regis University in Denver. He received his PhD in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame and is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Monika K. Hellwig Award for Teaching Excellence, granted by the College Theology Society.

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