Performing the Gospel: Exploring the Borderland of Worship, Entertainment, and the Arts (Paperback)

Performing the Gospel: Exploring the Borderland of Worship, Entertainment, and the Arts By Deborah Sokolove Cover Image
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What is the difference between good worship and good entertainment? Too often, people disparage some aspect of worship by calling it just entertainment or just a performance. Others say that they do not need to go to church because they have profound spiritual or even religious experiences at concerts, plays, movies, or dances. How is worship different from these performing arts? How is art different from entertainment? This book looks at the history of the performing arts both in worship and as worship, with particular attention to the attitudes that shape our ideas about both worship and entertainment. Working definitions of words like art, excellence, liturgy, and play help to illuminate what different people mean when they use them in conversations about Christian worship. Putting theological, scriptural, and practical writings on worship and the performing arts in conversation with interviews with dancers, musicians, actors, preachers, and liturgical scholars, this volume is intended to help pastors, performers, and everyone who plans, leads, or cares about worship talk with one another in mutually respectful and helpful ways.

About the Author

Deborah Sokolove is Director of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion and Professor of Art and Worship at Wesley Theological Seminary. Her other books include Sanctifying Art: Inviting Conversation Between Artists, Theologians, and the Church (2013) and Calling on God: Inclusive Prayers for Three Years of Sundays (2014), co-authored with Peter Bankson. In addition to her writing and teaching, she is a practicing visual artist who has exhibited widely.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781498296960
ISBN-10: 1498296963
Publisher: Cascade Books
Publication Date: March 12th, 2019
Pages: 206
Language: English