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When Art Disrupts Religion: Aesthetic Experience and the Evangelical Mind

Philip S. Francis


The memoirs, interviews, and ethnographic field notes gathered in these pages lay bare the power of the arts to unsettle and rework deeply ingrained religious beliefs and practices. This book bridges the gap between aesthetic theory and lived religion by grounding its narrative in the accounts of eighty-two former evangelicals who underwent a sea change of religious identity through the intervention of the arts. As their stories unfold, participants describe the arts as sites of, by turns, “defamiliarization,” “comfort in uncertainty,” “a stand-in for faith,” and a “surrogate transcendence.” T ... More

Keywords: art, religion, aesthetics, evangelicalism, Christianity, fundamentalism, aesthetic theory, ethnography, lived religion, conversion, deconversion, disenchantment, secularism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190279769
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190279769.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip S. Francis, author
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College