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The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Say What?
Here is a thesis only a Two-Kingdom advocate could love"

Keynote Address : James Elkins

“ON THE STRANGE PLACE OF RELIGION
IN CONTEMPORARY ART”

On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art explains the curious disconnect between spirituality & current art. In his talk, Dr. Elkins will show why committed, engaged, ambitious, informed art does not mix w/ dedicated, serious, thoughtful, heartfelt religion. Wherever the two meet, one wrecks the other. Modern spirituality & contemporary art are rum companions; either the art is loose & unambitious, or the religion is one-dimensional & unpersuasive. That is not to imply the two sides should maintain their mutual distrust, but that talk needs to be very slow and careful.

--from a symposium held at Biola University this past weekend.

Hmm. I wonder if Elkins has ever heard of, say, Michelangelo or Rembrandt or Roualt or...